• Celebrate the fall harvest in Canada

    Sep 18, 2018

    Timbercreek Communities wants to help you celebrate the fall harvest in Canada. Check out these fabulous farms this autumn where you can get a true taste of Canada.

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    Terra Beata

    Nestled next to the Atlantic ocean, about an hour west of Halifax, you’ll find Terra Beata. This 15-acre cranberry farm features the one and only U-pick cranberry service in Nova Scotia! They’re open year round, but high season begins with Open Farm Day on September 15th. The season runs until early November. Visit the Bog Store for farm-made preserves.

    La Ferme Quinn

    Visit La Ferme Quinn, about an hour east of Montréal, for U-pick berries and sweet corn in the summer, and apple and pumpkin picking in the fall. Their Fall Festival runs every weekend from September 15th to October 8th. Your $8 admission gets you access to the orchard, tractor rides, pony rides, farm animals and live music. Their Farm Shop serves up homemade products and delicious fresh baked goods.

    Chudleigh’s Farm

    Visiting Chudleigh’s Farm has been a tradition for GTA families since they first opened in 1967. Along with apple picking from August until mid October, enjoy tractor rides, pony rides, a hay maze, nature trails and more! Visit the farm store for fresh-baked pies and other sweet treats.

    Deer Meadow Farms

    Visit Deer Meadow Farms, near Winnipeg, to pick pumpkins in the Pumpkin Patch, visit a Petting Farm, get lost in a corn maze, bump along on a wagon ride, and get spooked on a Haunted Hayride for Halloween. Shop the Farm Store for fresh free-range eggs, goat’s milk soap, decadent fudge and much more. It's open May 15th through November 3, 2018.

    Black Fox Farm & Distillery

    Black Fox Farm & Distillery in Saskatoon is a working flower farm and distillery. Samples of their spirits can be enjoyed (3 for $5). Don’t miss the annual Pumpkin Festival over the last 3 weeks of September. Expect Pumpkin Bowling, Pumpkin Golf, an Obstacle Course and more!

    The Jungle Farm

    The Jungle Farm in Red Deer offers U-pick strawberries in the summer and pumpkin picking from the first week of September through October. The Fall Festival offers wagon rides, an 8-acre corn maze, and much more. The General Store in the barn boasts a bounty of baked goods, preserves, caramel apples and more!

    Timbercreek hopes a visit to these fantastic farms helps you experience the abundance of the fall harvest in a memorable way.

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  • Small Movements that can Improve your Mood

    Sep 17, 2018

    Controlling your emotions is no easy task. When you need to feel better fast, acting like you feel better can actually trick your mind into feeling better. Timbercreek Communities wants to share several small movements that can improve your mood.

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    Smile

    Even forcing a fake smile can make you feel happier. When the muscles used for smiling are engaged, you’re more likely to find something funny. Learn more about the facial feedback hypothesis.

    Got a Pen?

    When you can’t muster even a fake smile, try putting a pen between your front teeth. Even forcing your face into a semblance of a smile can provide some stress relief.

    Go to Your Happy Place

    Move your mind to find relief. By calling up cherished memories in your mind, you can improve our inner sense of joy and well being. When we’re stressed, it’s harder to recall these memories. Try to recall an object, or details about the location where the memory took place. This technique is called the "method-of-loci" strategy. 

    Breathe

    Pay attention to your breathing. A proper inhale and exhale should cause your abdomen to expand and contract. Your chest and shoulders should remain relatively still.

    Posture

    Proper posture can enhance your mood, boost confidence, and make relaxed breathing feel more natural. Sit or stand straight and relax your shoulders.

    Embrace Yourself and Move Toward Your Goal

    The simple act of hugging yourself can reduce physical and emotional pain. Now, literally take a step forward. Put on your shoes to go to the gym. Step toward the door to tidy up your room. End the procrastination to improve your mood. Our brains can follow the lead of our bodies.

    Timbercreek hopes these small but powerful movements help you pick yourself up when the chips are down. We all need some help from time to time. To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Celebrate National Honey Month and Plan a Honey Party!

    Sep 11, 2018

    September is not only the transitional month between summer and fall, it’s also National Honey Month. If you haven’t made plans, Timbercreek Communities wants to help you celebrate National Honey Month and plan a honey party!

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    Plan a Potluck

    A Honey Party is a great way to say goodbye to summer, welcome in the fall, and connect with your friends and neighbours. A Honey Party is a honey-themed potluck. Every dish should contain honey, but that doesn’t mean everything has to be sweet. Here are some great ideas for savoury honey-based dishes to share:

    Honey-Brined Grilled Shrimp

    (4 servings, 6 shrimp per person)

    Honey is used three ways in this Honey-Brined Grilled Shrimp recipe. It’s added to the brine so the shrimp absorb some sweetness. Those same shrimp are tossed in honey before grilling, and drizzled with honey after grilling. Sweet!

    Lemon-Honey Chicken Thighs

    (4 servings)

    These sticky sweet and sour Lemon-Honey Chicken Thighs are easy to prepare and delicious. The recipe can be made with thighs or chicken breasts if you prefer. If you make chicken breast, cook them about 6 minutes per side.

    Honey-Roasted Carrots

    (4 to 6 servings)

    When you make these Honey-Roasted Carrots, choose carrots that are approximately the same size to ensure even cooking. If you want to make the recipe more kid-friendly, you can swap out the bourbon for apple juice.

    Baklava

    (16 servings)

    Baklava is a rich and sweet dessert from the Middle-East. It’s made with layers of flaky and delicate phyllo dough, chopped nuts (optional) and lots of honey (essential). It’s the perfect shareable dessert to pack up and travel with.

    Timbercreek hopes you have a ball throwing a sweet Honey Party potluck this month.

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  • Wonderful Ways to Use Those Magical String Lights

    Sep 10, 2018

    Adding a splash of illumination with a simple string of lights can make a space feel inviting and even a little magical. Timbercreek Communities has a few wonderful ways to use those magical string lights.

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    Don’t Darken Your Door

    A string of lights around a doorway can be a simple solution to shed some light on a dim passageway. Opting for industrial drop lights over twinkling fairy lights will keep your space from feeling like a college dorm room.

    Magical Play Space

    Kids will love to hang out in their very own twinkle light tent. Adding a string of lights to the opening of a play tent, and adding some cozy blankets and pillows inside will a create a magical place for them to dream in.

    Illuminate Your Accent Wall

    If your space has a deep hued accent wall, you can easily add a little shimmer of string lights to really make the colour pop.

    Make Windows Bright at Night

    A tasteful string of lights is the modern day (and much safer) equivalent of candles in the window. The glow creates a warm atmosphere without adding clutter.

    Brighten Your Bedside

    If you don’t have room for a bedside table and lamp, dangling a string of lights down the wall can be a great space-saving substitute.

    Fun and Bright Bunk Beds

    Kids will love having their bunk beds adorned with magical twinkling lights. And they won’t be afraid of the dark anymore!

    Lighten the Load on Your Shelf Space

    Adding a string of lights to your shelves is a great way to add ambiance, make a workspace more inviting, or highlight what you have on display.

    Timbercreek hopes these tips helped shed some light on some great home decor ideas.

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  • Summer is still here - The Best Party Games for an Outdoor Get-Together

    Sep 04, 2018

    The recipe for a great summer get-together is simple. Combine food, refreshments and a few friends. Shake it up with a few games that can be learned quickly. Here are the best party games for an outdoor get-together, from Timbercreek Communities.

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    Giant Jenga

    Take a block from the bottom and put it on top. Repeat until it all comes tumbling down. Super size your Jega experience this summer. The stakes get higher as you build up. Get out of the way when it all comes crashing down! DIY your own version, or save some time and buy one.

    Yard Yahtzee

    Playing Yahtzee is a great way to spend a rainy day with your friends and family. It's even more fun when you play outside under the sun. Here are some simple step by step instructions to create your own Yard Yahtzee game.

    Cornhole

    Cornhole is a classic BBQ get-together game. All you need are some bean bags, and a few inclined wooden boards with a hole cut in them. You can DIY it with basic tools and skills, or buy one.

    Ladder Golf

    You probably don't have room to play a round of golf at your next summer get-together, but you probably have space for Ladder Golf. If you’re looking for a fun summer craft project you can build your own using PVC pipe, nylon rope and golf balls. Or just order a ready-to-use set online and enjoy.

    Bocce Ball

    Have you ever seen people playing Bocce Ball in the park? It's a lot of fun! It’s also an easy game to pick up, and a tough one to put down. All you need to get stared is a set of Bocce Balls and a flat patch of grass.

    KOOB: The Viking Game

    KOOB is destined to become the next classic get-together game. Check out this video to see how fun it looks! Order your set and prepare for battle!

     

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