• Kickstart Your 2018 New Year's Resolutions: Recipes

    Jan 02, 2018
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    Eating healthy has always been a popular New Year’s resolution. If it's on your list in 2018, Timbercreek wants to help you make eating well easy with this list of simple healthy recipes that taste amazing.

    Shredded Kale and Pistachio Salad

    This super green salad will keep you on the right track. Wash fresh kale, stem and de-vein the leaves, and julienne into thin slices. Add diced avocado, cubed bell pepper, and cherry tomatoes. Dress with 4:1 olive oil to balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper, lemon juice, a crushed garlic clove, and a touch of honey or maple syrup. Garnish with shelled, chopped pistachios and serve.

    Roasted Chicken Legs with Spicy Root Veg and Roasted Onions

    This hearty tasting meal is actually light and balanced. Season 1 chicken leg per person with salt and pepper and set aside. Precook thickly diced root veg (potato, beets, pumpkin or squash) until soft. Season with salt and pepper, chili pepper, and toss until covered. Lay evenly across the bottom of a baking dish. Place seasoned chicken evenly over top of the veg bed. Chop red onions into quarters, and place in remaining holes in baking dish. Bake at 350-400F for an hour. An easy all-in-one meal with minimal prep time.

    Barley With Sautéed Leeks, Peas, And Parsley

    This vegetarian entree is packed  with fiber and protein. Precook your barley (like you would rice). Chop leeks and parsley, parboil or microwave peas (or shuck if fresh), and combine all together in a pan with 2 tbsp olive oil and one clove of crushed garlic. Pour the sauteed veg over top of the barley once cooked, or add the barley to the pan and sautée everything to combine the ingredients. Add tofu or grilled chicken for a bigger protein punch.  Learn more here.

    Herbed Hummus

    Don’t underestimate the versatility and ease of hummus. Make the base by combining drained chickpeas, 2 cloves garlic, ½ cup (or to taste) tahini, ¼-½ cup lemon juice, and then add in the herb(s) of your choice. Our faves include cilantro, rosemary, dil, thyme and basil.  Other spices like cayenne or paprika, and flavourful cheeses like parmigiano reggiano pack a punch. Read more.

    Green Smoothies

    The perfect New Year’s Resolution drink, green smoothies are easy, versatile, and taste great. You can successfully combine almost any fruit and veg.  Even raw seeds and grains, especially oats, flax, chia and sunflower seeds, work well.  A ½ cup of protein powder also adds a flavour kick that will help you stay full from breakfast to lunch. For a great starter green smoothie, combine a handful of baby spinach, a frozen banana, 1 cup of frozen strawberries or other berries, milk or juice. Delicious!

    Rainbow Veggie Wrap

    Wraps are great for a quick lunch on the go.we love this rainbow wrap recipe because it's full of veggies. To make it, julienne your choice of veg like bell peppers, cucumber, zucchini, celery, carrot, avocado, even broccoli works. Start with a wrap, add some mustard, mayo, or hummus, apply a big leaf of romaine, kale or iceberg lettuce, then throw down your veg and wrap up. A healthy and tasty lunch that comes together in a blink. Learn more.

    Yam Soup with Kale and Spinach

    A beautifully coloured soup that’s as warm and cozy as it is healthy. Boil a few yams and lightly sautée a few leaves of kale and spinach with diced garlic in olive oil or butter. Pile all of it into a blender, add salt and pepper to taste in addition to a bit of chicken stock or water to thin if required. Heat once blended thoroughly and serve.

    Granola-Yogurt Parfait

    This simple, tasty breakfast (or snack) is lightning fast to make and can help you lose weight. Combine layers of raspberries, yogurt, and low-fat granola in a champagne flute or another tall glass. Find out more.

    Timbercreek hopes that these easy and healthy recipes make healthy eating a part of your routine in 2018. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Public Skating Rinks - Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec

    Dec 21, 2017

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    Whether you’ve got weak ankles, wobbly knees, or used to be a pro, winter skating can be a lot of fun. While ice hockey requires a ton of protective gear (and other players), you only need a pair of skates to enjoy a leisurely afternoon glide on the ice. Across Canada, most cities have at least one easy-access public skating rink where families, loved ones, and friends can enjoy a winter afternoon or evening. To get you back on the ice this winter, Timbercreek brings you this list of public skating rinks in Toronto, Ottawa, and Quebec City.

    Harbourfront Centre’s Natrel Rink

    While Nathan Phillips is without question the most popular skating rink option in Toronto, the rink at Harbourfront is an unsung hero. It’s nothing less than magical. With views of Lake Ontario, the Harbourfront bandshell, and the open starry sky, Harbourfront Centre’s Natrel Rink is a stunner. It’s also got Boxcar Social just a hop away for a post (or pre, or both) skate libation. Learn more here.

    Rideau Canal Skateway

    Each winter, the historic Rideau Canal becomes the Rideau Canal Skateway -- the world’s largest skating rink. At 7.8 kilometres long, it stretches from downtown Ottawa to Dows Lake. Skating season typically runs from January until late February, with many activities taking place in February during Winterlude. Skating is available in the open sections of the Skateway until 10 pm or 11pm daily, and skates can be rented at select locations. Learn more here.

    Quebec: Place D'Youville skating rink

     

    Open from mid-October to mid-March, Place D’Youville let’s you skate in style in the heart of the city. Glide across a refrigerated rink amid the ambiance of Old Québec, just across from Porte Saint-Jean and Capitole de Québec. With free admission and skate rentals available onsite, this gem of a rink ticks all the boxes. You can also warm up after your skate at Café-boulangerie Paillard. Learn more.


    Timbercreek hopes that this list of the best public skating rinks in Toronto, Ottawa and Quebec City gets you out for a skate this winter season. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Holiday Checklist: Entertaining

    Dec 20, 2017
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    It’s Holiday time! Tis’ the season to deck the halls, buy or make heartfelt gifts, and strategically place the mistletoe. With Holiday celebrations comes great expectations.  If you’re planning on throwing a party this Holiday, Timbercreek  has created this Holiday Checklist for entertaining so you won’t miss a beat.

    Caroling party

    You don’t have to be Adele, Holiday songs are made for for everyone to sing -- tone deaf and vocally blessed alike.  So belt out some carols this year! With a little prep, you can host a caroling party that’ll be fun for all. Choose a setlist, print out some lyrics, find karaoke versions (or if someone plays guitar or piano go for it), and get busy. Healthy doses of wine or eggnog tend to make voices much, much better.

    Holiday Craft Hang

    For most of us, ‘busy’ is an understatement during the holidays. With so much to do before the big day, time with friends can fall by the wayside. Why not invite some friends over to tackle your Holiday crafts? Everyone has to take time to handle card writing, gift tagging,  gift wrapping, and (for the ambitious) gift making. So get together to plow through your collective to-do lists while swapping stories, blasting holiday tunes, and enjoying cookies and rum toddies.

     

    Holiday Cookie or Dessert Potluck

    When in doubt, delegate and diversify. Get more for less by hosting a Holiday cookie (or Holiday dessert) pot-luck. It’s super easy to do -- just invite a group of friends and ask everyone to bring their favourite Holiday treat. Have each person make one type of cookie or dessert to share (and a display plate). Then bring everyone together to sample the goods, and trade and package up leftovers in takeout containers or cookie tins. Easy peasy.

    Timbercreek hopes this list helps you entertain with style this holiday season. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.
  • Winterize Your Pet

    Dec 19, 2017

    They might have a furry coat, but your pet can still get very cold in the winter. It never hurts to keep them safe and warm any way you can. Timbercreek Communities is here to help you with tips for how to winterize your pet.

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    Pet Jackets

    When it’s really cold outside, you wouldn’t dream of venturing out without a coat on. Why should your dog have to? Smaller dogs, with a higher ratio of body weight to body surface, lose heat easily. Doggie jackets and vests are available in a wide variety of sizes and styles to suit your shepherd or schnauzer.

    Pet Shoes

    Along with all the winter snow, comes all that winter ice, sand and salt. Salt does a great job of melting the ice, but it can do a number on a dog’s tender paws. If your pet ingests any of the salt by licking it’s sore paws, it can also get a tummy ache. Protect your pooch’s paws with a pair of boots or waterproof rubber socks. If your dog refuses to wear boots, make sure to rinse their feet thoroughly after contact with sand or salt.

    Invisible Boots

    Getting a dog to wear booties when they don’t want to wear is as easy as a magic trick. Fortunately, there is nothing magic about invisible boots. It’s actually a nontoxic wax that's rubbed on and in-between a dog's paws. Musher’s Secret was originally developed to soothe and protect the paws of hardworking Canadian sled dogs. The wax-based cream is easy to apply, moisturizes and helps to heal wounds. It’s useful year round as it also protects paws from hot pavement in the summertime.

    Identification Collars

    An ID collar is a must-have for any dog or cat, but never more so than in the winter. When temperatures drop, your pet is at an increased risk of harm. It’s important to locate them as soon as possible if they run away. No one ever plans on their pet getting lost, but with a little precaution and planning, you can make the unthinkable much easier to deal with. Reflective collars are easier to see in the snow and easier for drivers to see.

    Timbercreek wishes you and your pet a happy and healthy winter! To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Top Holiday Events in Canada

    Dec 18, 2017

    The holiday season is here again. It’s time to dust off the decorations, put up the stockings, and whip out your ugliest Christmas sweater.  From hot chocolate to festivals, mall Santas to apple cider, there’s no shortage of seasonal events to tuck into this year. To help you celebrate the holidays, Timbercreek has put together a shortlist of events happening in your area this fall.

    Distillery District: Toronto Christmas Market

    Perhaps the best holiday event of the season, The Distillery District has once again transformed into the luminous Toronto Christmas Market. The popular event is on now until December 23rd.  Don’t miss the glowing sights, the merry sounds, and the decadent tastes of this annual holiday market. A monstrous Christmas tree dots the center of the action, while kiosks selling everything from chocolate covered bacon to St. Nick knick knacks, litter the Distillery’s brick streets. The market is free during the week and just $6 on weekends. Get more info here.

    Blue Mountain: Christmas Gift Show

    Blue mountain comes alive this season with a Christmas Gift Show. This vibrant, fun marketplace celebrates the holiday season in style. Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas with over 100 vendors including artisans, crafters, jewelry makers, décor vendors, body and wellness brands, tasty treat makers and more. Learn all about it here.

    Edmonton: Singing Christmas Tree

    Running from December 14th through 17th, don’t miss the Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree. Imagine a stage decorated with whimsy, a 35-foot singing Christmas tree, and an audience in wonder. With dancing Santas, stunning ballerinas, amazing acrobats, and 150 phenomenal singers accompanied by a live orchestra, this performance is a seasonal sensation.  Get more info here.

    Quebec: German Christmas Market

    Celebrating 10 years of magic, Quebec’s German Christmas Market is “Exquisitely European” and “Exquisitely FREE”!  On now until December 23rd, 2017, this magical holiday wonderland never ceases to amaze. Featuring one-of-a-kind gifts, the market has a festive atmosphere with wooden kiosks and scintillating lights.

    Ottawa: Vintage Christmas Village of Lights

    Come out to the Cumberland Heritage Museum for some holiday celebration this Christmas. Make an ornament for your own Christmas tree, decorate gingerbread men, or take a nostalgic horse-drawn wagon ride through the illuminated village (lit by 5pm every evening). None other than Santa Claus himself will be there! Find out more here.

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    Timbercreek hopes this list of the best holiday events in Canada inspires you to get out there and celebrate the holiday season in style this year. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

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