• Easter Sides We Love

    Mar 28, 2018

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    There are many ways to celebrate Easter, but pretty much all of them involve food. And while the glorious and traditional Easter meal tends to oscillate between lamb and ham, what makes it different and delicious is a bountiful variety of sides. From scalloped potatoes to string beans and squash, your options are seemingly endless. To help you fill your plate this Easter, Timbercreek brings you these great side dishes.

    Scalloped Potatoes

    Perhaps the #1 most traditional Easter side dish, scalloped potatoes are irresistible. Whether gratin, creamed, slow-cooked, or oven-roasted, they provide the starchy backbone to any Easter dinner. Check out some options here.

    Asparagus

    In season from February to March, Asparagus is a popular Easter side dish. Toss some in olive oil, salt, pepper (and cayenne for a kick), then bake until browned. Or cut into 1” sections, slice in quarters lengthwise, and dress with vinaigrette for an asparagus slaw. Read more here.

    Roasted Heritage Carrots

    Heritage carrots are beautiful, have you tried them? They come in amazing colours like purple and red. Pick some up from an organic store or produce market, wash and peel (not even necessary) them, trim their stalks to be even length, and toss in olive oil, salt, and pepper. Bake until tender but still firm, then drizzle with balsamic glaze, and garnish with parsley or basil. See more.

    Peas with Bacon and Shallots

    Pass the peas, please! We love peas -- they are an iconic symbol of spring. Take them to a whole new level with this Peas with Bacon and Shallots recipe. Cook ½-1 pack of bacon until crisp, remove, and keep 2 tbsp of bacon fat in the pan. Toss in chopped garlic and thinly sliced shallots, cook until soft, add ¼-½ cup cream, lemon zest/juice, salt and pepper, and bring all to a simmer. Throw in frozen peas, cook through, crumble bacon on top, mix, and serve immediately.  See more.

    Snap Pea and Radish Salad

    Radishes and snap peas scream spring. They're totally in season, crisp and fresh tasting. Combine them with a killer creamy avocado dressing in this winning side dish recipe. In a bowl, combine 1lb sugar snap peas and about 12 quartered radishes and set aside. In a blender, combine avocado, vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, salt, pepper, and fresh cilantro. Blend and gradually add olive oil (and water as necessary), blending until the mixture is a smooth purée. Toss salad with dressing to coat and serve immediately. Check it out.

    Timbercreek hopes you try some of these amazing Easter side dishes this year. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

     

     

  • Asparagus Recipes We Love

    Mar 26, 2018

    Asparagus can look a little intimidating if you don't know what to do with it, but it's actually a totally non-threatening and delicious spring vegetable that you should stock up on. It’s a surprisingly versatile ingredient that lends itself well to many dishes.  It’s best bought when in season, from February to June. Timbercreek has some tasty ideas for how to use this crisp veg.

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    Orzo Pasta with Grilled Asparagus

    Try two new-to-you ingredients in one recipe! Have you ever tried orzo? It's a delicious rice shaped pasta that pairs brilliantly with asparagus. Boil your pasta until al dente, drain, and leave on low heat. Add olive oil and one chopped onion, cook for 2 minutes, add 2-3 cloves of garlic and continue to cook for 2 minutes stirring occasionally. Drop in halved snap peas and asparagus cut into 1” pieces, and cook until soft but crisp. Remove from heat, add lemon juice, zest, mint, and ¼ cup of feta cheese. Stir well, season with salt and pepper, and top with another ¼ cup cheese. Get the full recipe here.

    Asparagus Salad with Sherry Vinaigrette and Poached Egg

    This delicious salad is perfect for lunch or a light dinner. Best of all it can be made super quickly! Whisk together 1 tbsp grainy mustard, 1 tbsp sherry vinegar, 4 tbsp grapeseed oil, salt and pepper until smooth.  Blanch asparagus in boiling water, then toss in salt, curry powder, and olive oil, and grill (or pan sear) until lightly charred. Next it's time to perfectly poach an egg -- boil water, stir vigorously, and crack in the egg. Cook for 3 minutes, remove, and place carefully in a bowl of ice water. Remove, and trim off any white edges. Plate 6 or more asparagus spears, drizzle with vinaigrette, top with the poached egg, and fresh parmesan reggiano cheese. Get the recipe here.

    Asparagus and Panko Crusted Salmon

    Asparagus and salmon are an elegant and classic pairing. If you want to impress a date, make this Asparagus and Panko Crusted Salmon recipe! Blanch asparagus then place in a blender with garlic, dill, salt and pepper, a touch of cream, and puree. Lightly season salmon filets with salt and pepper, then coat top and bottom with asparagus puree. Dab the filet in panko breadcrumbs until coated (top and bottom). Sear in olive oil over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes, until edges are white and the middle is slightly pink. Plate over a smear of puree with potato or salad side. Get the recipe.

    Oven roasted Asparagus with Cheese Sauce

    This one’s an easy and healthy game-day classic. Trim asparagus stalks and toss in olive oil, sea salt, pepper, and a touch of garlic powder. Heat oven to 350F, place asparagus on a baking tray, and cook until lightly browned. Meanwhile, make a cheese sauce by whisking cream or milk and shredded cheese together in a small pot over medium heat until soft. Plate asparagus, drizzle with the cheese sauce, and sprinkle a pinch of chili spice or cayenne over top.

    Asparagus and Prosciutto

    Looking for a great spring appetizer? Asparagus wrapped in prosciutto with apple slices and boursin is a killer offering. Blanch asparagus for 1-2 minutes.While blanching, slice aged cheddar and green apples as thinly as possible (i.e. use a mandoline). Once cooked, remove the asparagus, dry and cut into 2” pieces. Lay out prosciutto slices on a cutting board, spread a layer of boursin, and lay apple slices on top. Add asparagus pieces near one end, and roll until covered. Place onto a baking tray, and roast at 375 F until cheese is melted and/or the prosciutto is starting to crisp up. Get the recipe here.

    Timbercreek hopes that these recipes inspire you to take advantage of asparagus season. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Why Montreal is a Great City for Millennials

    Mar 21, 2018

    Montreal is a great city for millennials. If you were born between 1978 and 1994, Timbercreek wants you to know why now is the perfect time to call Montreal home.

    Affordable Rent

    Unlike some of Canada’s other major cities (like Toronto and Vancouver), Montreal boasts quite affordable rental rates. The average rental in Montreal in 2018 costs approximately $950, a stark contrast to a city like Toronto where most one bedrooms go for $1800. Finding a home that works with your budget is easy, and not spending your entire paycheck on your apartment is totally doable. That extra cash comes in handy because the city lacks nothing in terms of great food and entertainment. Boasting a ton of outstanding restaurants, cafes, bars, and events, Montreal is a vibrant city that never sleeps. It’s perfect for millennials who don’t either.

    Great Neighbourhoods

    There are so many great neighbourhoods to call home in Montreal, we could write a whole article on just that! Timbercreek has several residential communities across the city that are ideal for millennials. Our communities are located in some of Montreal’s most sought after neighbourhoods. Our favourites include Mosaique which is located in downtown Montreal in the heart of the entertainment district, near Place d’Armes metro station. It’s an amazing neighbourhood to call home because it is always buzzing with great public events and concerts. It’s also close to beautiful landmarks and architecture like Place d’Armes Square, beautiful Notre Dame Basilica, and colourful Palais de Congres. It’s even a stonesthrow to great shopping and entertainment at Complexe Desjardins. Our community at Le 1436 Mackay, in Ville Marie, is a great home base for young people pursuing their postsecondary and graduate education. It’s located in downtown Montreal, close to McGill and Concordia. It’s also close to great restaurants and cafes, and incredible shopping on Saint-Catherine Street and Sherbrooke Street. Another excellent community for millennials is The Horizon Tower on Avenue des Pins. Located a short walk from beautiful Mount Royal, this property is conveniently located in Montreal’s Golden Square Mile neighbourhood near McGill. The area that boasts great restaurants, art galleries, exciting nightlife and serene nature.

    LGBTQ-Friendly

    Did you know that 20% of millennials identify as LGBTQ? Montreal is incredibly LGBTQ-friendly, making it a great place to call home. The Village, Montreal's gay district, is one of the largest in the world. It’s jam packed with clubs, restaurants and bars. Centrally located between St-Hubert, Ontario, Papineau and René-Lévesque Boulevard, it is right in the heart of the action. Its main street is Saint-Catherine. In the summer the street is transformed into an amazing pedestrian-only area (from June to September). You can’t miss it as it is draped with colourful boughs of balls (pink and rainbow) hung high above the street.

    World Class Education

    Montreal boasts some of Canada’s finest universities and colleges which attract students from around the globe for postsecondary and graduate level education.You can study almost any subject in this amazing city. The most notable institutions includeMcGill UniversityConcordia UniversityUniversité de MontréalUniversité de QuébecÉcole PolytechniqueLaSalle CollegeVanier College, and HEC Montreal

    Music, Nightlife & Festivals

    Montreal is famous for outstanding music, nightlife and festivals. Unlike other Canadian cities that basically hibernate in winter, Montreal loves to party all year long with huge outdoor events like IgloofestMontreal En Lumiere, and Nuit Blanche in the winter, just to name a few.  In warmer months, there’s even more to check out and every weekend packs something fun like Osheaga, the Montreal Jazz FestJFLPiknic ElectronikPride MontrealTaste MTL, and the Montreal Beer Festival.

    Montreal is an amazing city for millennials. Timbercreek hopes this list showed you just how great it is to live in Montreal. For more information aboutTimbercreek Communitiesin Montreal, please visit ourwebsite.

  • How Often You Should Wash Everything In Your Home, According To Science

    Mar 20, 2018

    Cleaning your home is no joke -- you should do it right or what's the point? But what's right is not always clear. Timbercreek wants to help you make your home sparkle, so here's the truth about how often you should wash everything in your home, according to science.

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    Starting with Sleep

    Where do we spend 20 some-odd years over a lifetime? In bed. Science says wash your sheets and pillowcases once a week. Most bacteria on sheets comes from interior dust, but add in dirt, oils, and sweat from a human during sleep and you can promote skin irritation, dandruff, acne etc. Wash your sheets in hot water every 1-2 weeks to be safe.

    Doorknobs

    Doorknobs accumulate a lot of bacteria. Think of how often you touch them. Now think of what you do before you touch them. Now think of how often you clean them? Science says? Doorknobs actually don’t need super frequent washing. However, doorknobs in the bathroom and the kitchen gather more bacteria. Disinfect them once a week. Shoot for once a month for the rest of the house.

    Sinks

    Even if they look clean sinks are gross. Disgustingly (though not surprisingly), bathroom sinks accumulate fecal matter. Also, E.Coli, Salmonella, and other food bacteria can contaminate the kitchen sink. Especially if you’ve been handling raw meat or eggs. Science says? To be safe, aim for a daily sink wipe down.

    Rugs and Floors

    Rugs are natural accumulators of grime. Dirt, dust, food, pet hair, allergens, pollen like to get cozy in rug fibers. Between that and the nooks and crannies of the average floor, you get a massive potential for build up.  Science says? Vacuum weekly, and give hard flooring a good wash once every couple of weeks.

    Bathrooms

    Bathrooms: the ultimate bacteria host. E Coli can be found within six feet of the toilet and in the sink. It’s key to thoroughly clean your toilet and sink at least once a week.  Bathtubs aren’t far off, but can be done every two. Shower curtains should be disinfected weekly to avoid mildew and odors.

    Towels

    Bath and kitchen hand towels get loaded with bacteria. And if your towels don’t fully dry (like, pretty much always), that bacteria can grow. While a lot for the average person, science recommends swapping out bath towels every other day. Kitchen towels can be washed weekly, unless you used it after handling raw meat.

    Kitchen and cleaning sponges

    Kitchen sponges accumulate billions of bacteria on every square inch. And though most of it isn’t harmful, science recommends dropping them into boiling water or the microwave for 2 minutes every couple of days. Check out more here.

    Timbercreek hopes these tips help you manage your cleaning routine and stay healthy in the process. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • How To Bring Spring Into Your Apartment

    Mar 19, 2018

    For most Canadians, spring inspires hope. It wakes us up after months of near hibernation with bright aromas and colors, and warm breezes. Timbercreek wants to help you bring spring into your home with these tips.

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    Color

    While monochrome is very in at the moment, the winter palette gets old. Spring means color, flowers, leaves, buds, and blue skies. It's easy to bring these elements into your space. Get a floral rug, buy a colored lamp, put up a yellow shower curtain, paint a bright accent wall. The options are endless. And they’ll help speed the coming of spring.

    Flowers + Plants

    Bring a pop of colour and a delicate fragrance into your home with fresh flowers and spring plants. Grab some fresh cut flowers and/or a few potted plants to place strategically around the house for a hit of Spring. Read more.

    Clean

    Nothing says spring like freshness. It’s like nature herself cleans away the snow, dirt, and sorrow of winter with budding trees, blooming flowers, and sunny skies. Give your place a once over (it’s called Spring cleaning for a reason), and it’ll put a spring back in your step. Check it out.

    Incense + essential oils

    Incense and essential oil diffusion are two great ways to add the scent of spring to your home. While it can take some searching, there are brands that don’t smell like your Grandmother’s closet. Give it a chance. Look for pinon, cedar, pine, or other aromas that actually occur in nature. See more here.

    Accents

    From throw rugs to accent pillows, small details make a huge difference. Bring spring into your space with some new detail items around your home. Head to Winners or HomeSense and dig through the housewares section. They offer a small miracle of decoration goodness on a budget. Check our more.

    Timbercreek hopes our tips help you bring a touch of Spring into your home this season. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

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