• Holiday Baking with Kids

    Dec 23, 2013

    Have some family fun in the kitchen with the following kid-approved holiday baking recipes from Timbercreek Communities. They are simple, classic, and fun to make!

    Sugar Cookies
    Sugar cookies are a timeless holiday classic that are easy to bake and taste amazing. The following recipe is provided by ‘Hotly Spiced’ and is available here. Once the dough is prepared, cut with a variety of cookie cutter shapes and arrange one inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes and transfer to wire racks to cool. For all of your sugar cookie decorations such as sprinkles, icing, and candy, check out Bulk Barn, located less than a 10-minute drive away from our 75 Stewart Street apartments in Oakville.

    Chocolate Peppermint Sandwiches
    What could be more child-friendly than holiday chocolate peppermint sandwiches? Once you have the cookie sides baked and the filling prepared (see ‘Tracey’s Culinary Adventure’ blog here), match the cookies in pairs by size, pipe a small amount of filling onto one of the pairs, and sandwich together. You can then roll the edges of the cookies in festive sprinkles or crushed candy cane pieces for a holiday approved look.

    Gingerbread Stars
    For Gingerbread ingredients and full baking instructions, check out ‘Technicolor Kitchen’s’ blog here.  Once the dough is made and rolled out, use a star shaped cookie cutter (or any other shape you like) to cut the dough into fun shapes. Place the shapes onto a parchment or wax paper lined baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Once they have cooled completely feel free to have your kids decorate to their heart’s content! Food Basics is located less than a 3-minute walk away from our 444 Kerr Street apartments, and has all the necessary ingredients for your gingerbread stars at a great price.

  • Make Your Own Holiday Wreath

    Dec 20, 2013

    Making a unique and festive holiday wreath for your Guelph apartment is simple with these suggestions from Timbercreek Communities. There are plenty of options besides traditional wreaths, so making something interesting and special is fun and easy to do.

    Peppermint Wreath
    This fun, festive and delicious wreath is brought to you by ‘Gwynn Wasson Designs’ blog here. For this DIY you will need two large bags of peppermints, one 16’’ Styrofoam wreath form, hot glue, decorative ribbon, floral ribbon and shellac (optional). Most of the supplies for this wreath can be found at Dollarama (435 Stone Road West), located less than a five-minute drive from our 40 Vanier Drive apartment.

    Yarn Ball Wreath
    This next DIY wreath makes for a stunning piece for your own home or as a holiday or hostess gift for others. For this wreath you will need a hot glue gun, 18’’ foam wreath form (or any size you choose), a variety of foam balls in different sizes, a variety of different yarn, 1 yard of burlap, decorative ribbon, and a few Christmas ornaments that you are willing to part with. All of these supplies can be found at an arts and craft store like Wyndham Art Store (125 Wyndham Street North) located less than a 10-minute drive away from our 27 Vanier Drive apartments. For the full instructions including pictures, check out ‘Two Junk Chix’s’ blog here.

    Christmas Ornament Wreath
    This final DIY wreath is similar to the Yarn Ball wreath above but features a large assortment of bulb ornaments instead of rustic yarn balls. To makes this wreath you will need a foam wreath form in whatever size you like, a variety of bulb ornaments in various sizes, decorative ribbon, and a hot glue gun with lots of extra glue. The full tutorial is available at ‘Sharyn Carlson’s’ blog here.

    If you simply do not have the time to make one of the great DIY wreaths above, you can always check out Home Outfitters, located less than a five-minute drive from our apartments at 40 Vanier Drive. Home Outfitters features a variety of gorgeous Christmas decorations for the home, including a large assortment of holiday wreaths.

  • Where to Find One-Of-A-Kind Holiday Gifts

    Dec 18, 2013

    Are you looking for unique holiday gifts this holiday season? Find one-of-a-kind gifts right here in Brantford with this holiday shopping guide.

    The Bookworm
    For the book lover in your life head out to The Bookworm book store in Brantford. This unique community store has over 27,000 books, including science fiction, children’s lit, mystery, romance, women’s issues, philosophy, and other fascinating topics. The Bookworm has been open since 1980, and offers one of the largest science fiction sections in the city. Stop by to have a coffee, check out some new books, and chat with their knowledgeable staff. The Bookworm is located only five minutes away by car from Centennial Towers at 150 Darling Street and 129 Wellington Street.

    Lynden Park Mall
    One stop shopping is right around the corner from Graham Bell Towers at 24, 26, and 28 Helen Avenue in West Brant. Lynden Park Mall  offers a hub of retail activity right in the heart of Brantford. There are over 95 top-name retailers including Winners, Sport Check, Coles, and many more. Lynden Park Mall even offers free pictures with Santa until December 31st.

    The Unconventional Art Store
    Less than five minutes away from Centennial Towers, the Unconventional Art Store features amazing one-of-a-kind pieces by local artists and artisans. There are numerous unique gift options including original art, dishware, vases, lamps, candles, and more.

  • Timbercreek Wins Advertisement Excellence – FRPO Awards 2013

    Dec 17, 2013

    On December 5th, 2013, FRPO (Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario) held its 13th annual MAC (Marketing, Achievement and Constructions) Awards Gala where over 800 rental housing providers gathered together to recognize excellence in the residential rental housing industry.  FRPO is the largest association in Ontario representing those who own and manage residential rental properties.  

    Timbercreek Communities is thrilled to receive an award for Advertisement Excellence in a Single Campaign for Metropolitan Apartments, located at 2837 Yonge Street in Toronto.  This campaign deployed a 360-degree marketing strategy which included: a branded  microsite, print ads, online banner ads, blog articles, Search Engine Marketing as well as new on-site signage. Honourable mention also goes to Timbercreek’s nomination for their lobby renovation at the same property.

    Check out the Metropolitan Apartments website here.

    Congratulations to all of this year’s 2013 FRPO Mac Award Winners!  See you next year!

  • Timbercreek does Movember

    Dec 13, 2013

    Movember is the month formerly known as November, where men and woman across the globe join together to help raise money and awareness for prostate cancer initiatives.  During Movember, men grow a moustache and become walking billboards in order to help change the face of men’s health.

    This past November, Timbercreek’s head office in Toronto, participated in Movember and set the goal of raising $25,000.  For the entire month of Movember, each Mo Bro dedicated themselves to growing and grooming a moustache, and various fundraising events including a Movember Wine Pool were held in in support of the mo

    Through the power of the moustache, the Timbercreek team raised over $50,000, doubling their goal of $25,000.  These efforts ranked the Timbercreek Movember Team overall #11 in Canada and #28 in the world for the highest amount of money raised.

    Special thanks to ‘’Original Grooming Experts’’ for coming to the office and helping these brave men say farewell to their ‘staches.

    Congratulations to all of our Mo Bros and thank you to everyone who supported our inaugural Timbercreek Movember fundraising initiative and helping us change the face of men’s health!

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