• Long Weekend Recipe Roundup

    Jul 30, 2013

    Hey Toronto – what’s going on for the August civic holiday? Hosting a dinner party? Heading to a picnic? Chilling out at home? No matter the event, here’s a roundup of some palate-pleasing recipes to try this summer.

    One Pot Pasta

    Take on a One Pot Pasta recipe, this vegetarian friendly dish is delicious and works well either warm or chilled.  It’s super easy, simply throw all the ingredients in a Dutch oven, bring to a boil and let simmer. No draining required – the ingredients do the rest since the broth makes for a great sauce. This is a great dish to use Ontario-grown tomatoes and summer-fresh ingredients.  Customize to taste, for a spicy kick try adding chili flakes.

    Fully Loaded Potato Salad
    This version of potato salad has all the comfort of a fully loaded baked potato. Crisp the bacon by microwaving the topping for 20 seconds and then sprinkle onto the salad.  This is a great recipe to wow friends at a picnic – it really does taste like a loaded baked potato. Be sure to keep a cooler or icepacks on hand so the dishes don’t spoil. 

    Cucumber Herb Salad

    Field cucumbers are the ideal (and cost effective) ingredient for this light and fresh salad. Mixing the cukes with coriander and mint to make a lovely tasting summer salad. For those that aren’t fans of coriander, substitute basil. For added flavour and texture, this salad also goes well with tomatoes.

    Easy Homemade Peach Iced Tea Recipe
    Here’s the perfect soft drink for a special summer gathering, a casual BBQ or a quiet night at home.  The tea is both refreshing and pleasing to the eyes.  Serve in a large glass pitcher and find a cute straw or drink umbrella for the individual portions.  The recipe calls for peach nectar, fresh peaches (remember, pick Ontario) and citrus to add a bit of zip to the flavour.

    Try the recipes, get out for a picnic and explore some of Toronto’s parks and lakefront spaces. Of course there are the obvious choices such as High Park, Trinity Bellwoods and the Toronto Islands. But there are also great locations such as Sugar Beach, the Scarborough Bluffs and Morningside Park.

    Take on the tastes of summer in Toronto from some of the most dynamic areas of the city. Timbercreek Communities offers quality apartments in Toronto’s desirable neighbourhoods including: Liberty Village, the Upper Beaches, and the bustling neighbourhood of Yonge and Eglinton.

  • Fun ways to incorporate digital photos into your decor

    Jul 25, 2013

    These days, most people are sharing digital photos online via, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. These increasingly popular apps for browsers and smartphones make most photographers feel like a pro with easy ways to incorporate filters and effects. However, after a photo is shared and liked online, the snapshots often stay there. Get your pics off the cloud and incorporate some digital décor into your Brampton apartment.

    • Customize a mug with someone’s mug shot! This is a fun option to combat against roommates who use each other’s things. Delegate a mug to each roomie with a custom picture and no more switching!  
    • Show off your Instagram snapshots on a pillow.  Stitchagram lets users pick favourite shots to incorporate on throw pillows as well as stickers, pouches and tote bags.
    • For an interesting DIY project, display black and white prints in multiple glass containers in different colours or sizes.  Look for glasses and bottles that are larger in the neck or mouth. For more on this antique-inspired project check out the article Family Photos in a Bottle.
    • Custom photo magnets are another option that is readily available from print shops or big-box stores. For perfectly insta-sized magnets, order online from StickyGram. Packs come in a set of nine and the service offers free shipping to Canada.
    • Choose from framed prints, posters, stickers and mini-books via Prinstagram. As the name implies, the service specializes in Instagram snapshots.  It syncs directly to a user’s account allowing you to select the best shots.
    • Display eco-friendly pics around your apartment. Static Pixels, based in Montréal, prints shots onto recycled high-density cardboard.
    • For a more local option, Poster Jack is a Toronto-based company that prints digital pictures onto Canadian-made canvas. Poster Jack also prints custom wall decals designed from user’s digital photos.

    So there are lots of options to print and display your digital pics – but where do you find the perfect shot? Head out for a hike on the Brampton trail network; many of the city’s main parks such as Centennial Park and Kiwanis Memorial are located on the trails. Snap some unexpected nature shots in Brampton to share and display. For something more urban, head downtown and follow the Heritage Walking Tour and document some of the city’s historic buildings.

    For those interested in learning more about the craft of photography, join the Brampton Photo Group that meets twice a month. The latest session of the group wrapped at the end of June but things kick off again in September. The group works to serve the needs of all its members: it provides a means to enter competitions, basic photography tips, special speakers and events. The website hosts interesting monthly challenges and the group visits spots throughout the city that will ensure you’ve got a great shot.

    Situated in a quiet community in the heart of Brampton at Kennedy and Steeles, Rambler Towers is the perfect place to call home. Enjoy the fresh air and scenic views of Brampton from large, private balconies. Units are bright and spacious, freshly painted and ready for the custom décor that make residents feel at home.

  • School's out! Kid-friendly summer activities

    Jul 23, 2013

    Summer is in full swing; the kids are out of school and are already getting antsy. Parents in Calgary don’t need to wrack their brains for something to keep the kids busy during the days. Timbercreek Communities has compiled a list of some crowd-pleasing options to make the most of the summer vacation.

    •  Sign the kids up for one of the many summer camp programs in Calgary. There are a number of offerings from the City of Calgary, including free drop-in programs for outdoor playgrounds. This is available for the youngsters aged 3-5 and there are also programs for those aged 6-12.
    •  If your child is an animal lover, the Calgary Zoo holds a popular day camp program throughout the summer months. Programs run for Zoo Tots (ages 4-6) all the way to teen campers for those in grades 7-12. Call ahead to confirm availability: (403) 232 - 9300. There’s also the Calgary Humane Society’s Camp Fur, Fins & Feathers. Daily activities include: games, crafts and animal interactions.
    • The University of Calgary runs a variety of camp programs on everything from engineering, arts and performance, sports and science.
    • On scorching sunny days, visit one of the City of Calgary’s Wading and Spray Pools with locations throughout the city.
    • For a fun afternoon with the family, visit the Bow Habitat Station’s Trout Pound. This stocked pond is perfect for first time fishers to try out some catch-and-release fun. Rods are available for rent from the Discovery Centre for $5.
    • On Sundays, Head to the East Village neighbourhood for Voices in the Village. Musical programming includes: country bands, jazz singers, Chinese drummers and dancers to provide something for everyone. Performances are held behind the RiverWalk Plaza and are free of charge.
    • There are tons of great summer events happening throughout Calgary, here are just a few of the picks that both parents and kids are guaranteed to enjoy: Chinatown’s Calgary Dragon Boat Festival  (Aug 10-11), Taste of Calgary (Aug 15-18), and Calgary Globalfest (Aug 16-25).

    For more information about family-friendly events and places around the city, visit Family Fun Calgary.  The website Calgary’s Child also has a comprehensive list of 105 Things to Do In and Around Calgary.  

    What are you and the kids up to this summer in Calgary? Timbercreek Communities offers a wide variety of rental apartments in some of the most vibrant areas of the city including the popular Beltline District and the lively Forest Lawn District.
  • Low Tech Ways to Stay Cool

    Jul 18, 2013

    There are a number of easy ways to keep cool this summer in Guelph. While weather forecasters aren’t predicting the scorching temperatures experienced last summer, it’s still important to get ready for what comes with the warmer weather of the season.

    Stay cool and comfortable inside and out of your home. Today, the Timbercreek Communities blog is covering a number of tips to stay cool in Guelph in the summer:

    • Dress in layers. Even on the warmer days put on multiple pieces. Breezy and loose fitting cotton clothing are a great option for the summer. Peel off layers as the day goes for additional comfort.
    • Keep feet in sandal-ready shape and get those toes out of hot and sweaty shoes made for cooler seasons. Buy a few pair of cheapie flip-flops for the season and designate a pair for indoor-only use.
    • For hotter evenings, a quick cool shower will chill your core temperature before bed.
    • Switch out synthetic sheets for light cotton ones.
    • Ditch the winter-ready comforters or duvets and replace with lighter materials such as cottons and linens.
    • Keep the lights off and shades drawn around your apartment.
    • Sweat out the heat by prepping a spicy recipe; go heavy on the tabasco or sriracha sauce.
    • Hydration is key during sunny days. Keep lots of chilled water in the fridge. Instead of using plastic bottles, purchase glass bottles with stoppers or a large pitcher. For those who don’t like plain water, add sliced citrus, mint and cucumber for a burst of flavour.
    • Get outside, get social and visit a public pool or splash pad to keep cool. Lyon Park (299 York Rd.) has an excellent outdoor pool and play area. For the kiddos (or the kids at heart) there are also a number splash pads free for use in the city. Downtown, the Guelph Market Square also features an interactive water feature.
    • Enjoy the Speed River and rent a canoe or kayak for a leisurely paddle. Try the full 10-kilometre adventure or make your own shorter trek. 
    • Take the twenty-five minute drive to the Elora Gorge. This beautiful park features shaded hiking trails and river tubing. Purchase a wristband, rent a helmet, life jacket and tube and let the river take you for an exciting ride down the Grand River.
    • Treat yourself to a cup of ice cream, gelato or frozen yogurt. Guelph has some great spots for these ice cold desserts: check out the Boathouse Tea RoomLick’s Burgers & Ice Cream or the indulgent options at Marble Slab Creamery.
    • Get out of the apartment but skip the sweltering sun outdoors, walk the mall and browse the stores at nearby Stone Road Mall in Guelph.
    This summer, enjoy the best of Guelph from Vanier Place apartments. These Timbercreek Communities apartment buildings are conveniently located in the heart of downtown Guelph and close to all of life's necessities. Contact Timbercreek for more details about quality apartment rentals in Guelph.
  • Thank you 'First on Tenth' Residents & Staff

    Jul 16, 2013
    We would like to thank the residents of 123 10th Avenue, Calgary for their cooperation and performance during the evacuation and flooding.  We saw firsthand how the community came together to support one another. We are extremely grateful for the efforts of the Calgary Timbercreek Communities team as well as our wonderful residents, who all went above and beyond during this time.  Although it was an extremely chaotic and stressful time, it was very encouraging to see all the wonderful residents and staff we have in our community.  We’d like to say a special thank you to our maintenance staff, Darcy and Steve, who graciously helped out our tenants who had to leave their pets behind, when evacuated, by making sure they had enough food and water.

    First on Tenth staff members were happy to be able to provide Sol Schools International with the space they needed to continue their classes when their space was flooded.

    We would also like to thank residents for participating in First on Tenth’s 1st Stampede Breakfast which occurred on July 10th.  The First on Tenth team cooked up a storm and really enjoyed the opportunity to see everyone after a hectic couple of weeks.

    Thank you again for your continued support!

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