• Do-It-Yourself Fudge

    Jan 30, 2014

    A delicious, decadent, and DIY treat like classic chocolate fudge is easy to make and tastes great. Timbercreek Communities has apartments in 27 cities throughout Canada including our Calgary apartments in the popular Beltline district, close to schools, parks, restaurants, entertainment, shopping, and public transportation.



    Classic Chocolate Fudge Recipe
    This recipe is for old-fashioned classic chocolate fudge. It is easy to make and requires no special equipment or ingredients. Before the fudge is poured into its cooling pan you can stir in any number of extra toppings like chopped nuts, chocolate chips, and candy pieces. Safeway grocery store is located less than a five-minute drive away from our 123 10th Avenue South West apartments, and is a convenient place to get all of your DIY fudge ingredients.

    Ingredients:

    • 2 cups white sugar
    • ¼ cup cocoa powder
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup whole milk
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla

    Equipment:

    • Measuring cups (and spoons)
    • Sauce pan
    • Whisk
    • Spatula
    • Wooden spoon
    • Pyrex pie plate or dish
    • Thermometer (optional)
    • Knife

    Instructions (makes 8-10 one-inch squares):

    1. Add the sugar, cocoa powder, and salt to your saucepan. Add milk and whisk until blended.
    2. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Stir occasionally to avoid burning.
    3. While the fudge is cooking, butter the pan that will hold the fudge. Fill a glass with ice and water and set next to the stove. Fill your sink with several inches of cold water.
    4. The fudge should be cooked after 10 minutes of boiling. You can use a thermometer (optional), and fudge is ready to set when it reaches 235 °F. If not using a thermometer, you can use the soft-ball test here.
    5. When your fudge is done, turn off the heat and stir in the vanilla and butter. Remove from the stove and place the hot pan of fudge into the sink of cold water.
    6. Pour the fudge into the buttered pan
    7. Allow the fudge to cool (takes around one hour in room temperature), and cut. Use a thin-bladed sharp knife to cut the fudge.
    8. Enjoy!

    The full recipe is available here, from ‘The Kitchn’. Also, you can check out “Mr Food’s’ website here, for over 8 different varieties of DIY fudge. Bulk Barn is located less than a 15-minute drive away from Timbercreek’s 1010 First Street South West apartments, and has all the toppings and ingredients you could possibly need for your homemade fudge.

    For more information on Timbercreek Communities, including our Calgary apartments, please click here.

  • Where to go Skating in Montreal

    Jan 28, 2014

    Ice skating is a great way to enjoy winter in Montreal since it’s affordable, easy to learn, and takes place in some of the city’s most beautiful spots. Timbercreek Communities’ Montreal apartments offer a wide variety of rentals in some of the most vibrant and dynamic areas of the city including the trendy Plateau District and the heart of historic downtown Montreal.

    Atrium Le 1000 Rink
    This one-of-a-kind indoor skating rink is located on the main floor of Quebec’s largest building in Montreal’s business district. It is a unique indoor skating rink that is immersed in a glass dome, allowing you to feel as though you are skating outside. The rink at Atrium Le 1000 has been open since 1992 and is a popular destination for tourists, families, and students year round. Le 1000 Rink is a great place to host birthday parties, school trips, team-building workshops, and more. They also offer skating classes for both children and adults. The rink is open year round; however you may want to check their website for updates and news. The Atrium Le 1000 rink is located only five minutes away by car from our 2125 Rue Saint Marc apartments.

    Parc LaFontaine
    For a skating experience located in one of Montreal’s most charming and romantic parks, check out the rink at Parc LaFontaine. Skate through beautiful long winding paths instead of the classic oval shaped ice rink. This unique rink is only a 15-minute drive away from Timbercreek’s 4560 LaSalle Boulevard apartments. Skating at Parc LaFontaine is a great date night idea as it is located in the heart of the gorgeous plateau neighbourhood, and close to fantastic dining and entertainment options post-skate. The rink is open for both leisure skating and hockey during select times. Admission to the rink is free, and they offer skates, lockers, and helmets for rent.  The Parc LaFontaine skating rink is open now until mid-march.

    Bonsecours Basin
    For a more modern ice-skating experience head on over to Bonsecours Basin, located at the old port of Montreal, only minutes away from our 105 Milton Street apartments. This skating rink offers some of the most stunning views of the city. The rink plays music daily, with each day offering a new theme (for example Wednesdays are alternative rock and Fridays are retro music). Admission to the rink is five dollars, with cheaper family passes available. Skates, lockers, helmets, and sharpening services are available on-site. For more information on Bonsecours Basin please click here.

    You haven’t fully experienced winter in Montreal until you’ve been skating on one of the city’s most beautiful ice rinks.

  • Where to go for Winterlicious in Toronto

    Jan 24, 2014

    Toronto’s Winterlicious is the culinary event of the season, with over 200 top restaurants throughout the city offering up prix fixe menus for both lunch and dinner. Timbercreek Communities offers a wide variety of Toronto rental apartments available in some of the most dynamic and desirable areas of the city including Liberty Village, the Beaches, Yonge and Eglinton, and in the heart of downtown Toronto. Winterlicious takes place throughout the city of Toronto, so here are a few great places to try near some of our Toronto communities. 
     
    Café Pleiade
    Café Pleiade has specialized in continental and Mediterranean cuisine for over 25 years. Located in the heart of north Toronto, this restaurant’s deliciously prepared food, casual atmosphere, and undeniable charm will have you not only wanting to try their Winterlicious menu, but also have you coming back year round.  On their Winterlicious menu you will find favourites such as carpaccio, fresh mussels, chicken cassoulet, fresh baked trout, veal, fresh fruit pies, bread pudding, and much more. Café Pleiade is only a five-minute drive away from Timbercreek’s 2837 Yonge Street apartments.

    Winterlicious Prices
    Lunch: $15
    Dinner: $25

    Brownstone Bistro
    The Brownstown Bistro is a family run Italian restaurant in the heart of downtown Toronto on Yonge Street. The restaurant features a cozy and warm atmosphere complete with exposed brick walls, local artists’ work, and a colourful interior. The restaurant offers an extensive menu, covering a wide palette of cuisine from traditional to more modern Italian cooking. The Bistro is located less than a five-minute walk away from our 34 Maitland Street apartments.  The Brownstone Bistro’s Winterlicious menu features favourites such as calamari, eggplant ratatouille, breaded veal, spinach and ricotta agnolotti, panna cotta, poached pairs, and much more.

    Winterlicious Prices
    Lunch: $15
    Dinner: $25

    Archeo
    Archeo is located in Toronto’s historic Distillery District and features a fabulous seasonally changing menu. The restaurant is based on a philosophy of easy going and hearty food with a fun modern twist. In the summertime the restaurant features one of the best patios in the city, a cozy getaway spot within a bustling city. Archeo is located less than 15 minutes away from our 200 Dufferin Street apartments. The restaurant features high pine ceilings, industrial concrete floors, exposed brick walls, and timber bar and tables. Archeo’s Winterlicious menu features items such as Caesar salad, minestrone, PEI mussels, various pizzas, Atlantic salmon, lamb shank, decadent cannoli, and warm toffee torte. 
     
    Winterlicious Prices
    Lunch: $15
    Dinner: $25

    Winterlicious begins January 31st , 2014 and goes until February 13th , 2014. Reservations can be made starting January 16th, and the Winterlicious website can be found here for more details.

  • Winter in Whitby - Fun Activities for the whole Family

    Jan 21, 2014

    For fun, family, and winter-friendly activities in Whitby, look no further! Here are a few options for great family outings and excursions from Timbercreek Communities that will help you beat the winter blues.

    The Putting Edge
    Spend an afternoon walking through the dark and neon set of the Putting Edge, located only 10 minutes away by car from our Whitby apartments at 211 and 215 Reedaire Court. This mini-putt establishment features amazing props, glow-in-the-dark paint, and fluorescent golf balls. Each mini golf hole offers a different set of murals and themes to keep the kids interested and engaged. The Putting Edge also features an arcade and snack area for your hungry little golfers.

    Kids Zone Family Fun Centre
    As the name suggests, this play centre is a family-friendly mecca of activity. The Kids Zone includes a climbing structure, two-leveled playground, laser tag, tunnels, play pipe systems, a suspended bridge, and other fun amenities. In certain parts of the Kids Zone adults are even allowed to climb, which is sure to bring out the kid in everyone. Kids Zone Family Centre is only a five-minute drive away from our Reedaire Court Apartments in western Whitby, making it easy and convenient for the kids to play safely this winter.

    Skating
    There is nothing like heading outside for some fresh winter air to go ice-skating with the family. Bundle up, pack a thermos of hot chocolate, and grab your skates for some good old-fashioned wintertime fun. The town of Whitby offers skating programs for all ages and abilities, as well as public rinks for family skating. The city provides programs such as lunchtime skating, parent and tot skating, public skating, seniors skating, as well as hockey programs for all ages. Check out the Town of Whitby’s Skating Schedule for more details.

  • Enjoy the Arts in Hamilton

    Jan 16, 2014

    Living in our Hamilton Apartments offers you access to the city’s great arts and entertainment culture. Timbercreek Communities has put together a list of upcoming events within the city at Copps Coliseum, Theatre Aquarius, Hamilton Place, and the Art Gallery of Hamilton.

    Copps Coliseum
    Copps Coliseum is a sports and entertainment arena that can accommodate up to 20,000 people. Some of the biggest names in entertainment have performed here including U2, Pearl Jam, and Bruce Springsteen. Copps Coliseum is only a four-minute drive away from our apartments at 175 Hunter Street East. Here are a few of the upcoming events at Copps:

    Event: Varekai by Cirque du Soleil
    Date: January 29th to February 2nd 2014
    Event Type: Theatrical Circus

    Cirque du Soleil, one of the most recognized Canadian brands, features over 1,300 performance artists in over 50 different countries. The company has come a long way from it’s origins in Quebec, and have brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million spectators in more than 40 countries.

    Event: Elton John
    Date: Saturday February 8th, 2014 at 8 p.m.
    Event Type: Concert

    Elton John is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time, having sold more than 250 million records worldwide. He has played nearly 3,000 concerts worldwide, and has 35 gold and 25 platinum selling albums.

    Hamilton Place
    Event: Barenaked Ladies
    Date: Saturday February 1st, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
    Event Type: Concert

    The Barenaked Ladies are one of Canada’s most loved rock bands. The band has won multiple Juno awards, and has been nominated for Grammy Awards south of the border.

    Event: Craig Ferguson
    Date: Friday January 24th, 2014 at 7 p.m.
    Event Type: Comedy

    Scottish comedian and late night show host Craig Ferguson will be coming to Hamilton with his witty and hilarious stand up comedy performance. Currently he is the host of ‘The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson’ on CBS.

    Theatre Aquarius
    Theatre Aquarius is recognized as a leader in Canadian live theatre. The theatre produces popular and beloved shows for the public and local community. Theatre Aquarius is less than a seven-minute drive away from our apartments at 44 Glen Road.

    Show: The Sound of Music
    Date: Playing throughout January
    Event Type: Musical

    The Sound of Music is one of the world’s most beloved musicals. This story of love and adventure is both a thrilling and inspirational tale that makes for fantastic entertainment.

    Show: Driving Miss Daisy
    Date: Starting February 5th, 2014
    Event Type: Live theatre

    Driving Miss Daisy originally won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and later became an Academy Award-winning film. This heartwarming story follows an unlikely friendship in a time of tremendous change in American society.

    The Art Gallery of Hamilton

    Current Exhibitions:

    • Graeme Patterson: Secret Citadel
    • The Spectacle of Play
    • Alex Colville: Horse and Trail
    • The Painter Pictured: French Nineteenth-Century Painting and Portrait Photographs
    • A Play on Nature: Joseph Calleia and Viktor Tinki
    • The Tanenbaum African Collection

    For more information on the exhibits and the Art Gallery of Hamilton click here. Friday nights are free at the gallery starting from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. The Art Gallery of Hamilton is only a three-minute drive away from 23 Spring Street South.

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