• Kitchen Organization Tips

    Aug 29, 2018

    The kitchen is one of those rooms many of us love to hate. Even the perfect design requires us to sift through drawers of endless stuff to find a single item, be it a spice or utensil. But thankfully, with little effort and planning you can turn your junk heap of a spatula drawer into a light, space filled area that’s uncluttered and a joy to be in. To help give you a few ideas for organizing your kitchen space, check out this list of tips and tricks for helping declutter and spruce up.

    Kitchen Organizing

    Pot Rack

    Always clumsy to store, pots can be well organized using a hanging rack. A handrail and several S-hooks will turn a few square feet of wall into a convenient rack for kitchenware. Handrails are better than towel bars for the job as they support more weight. Find out more.

    Sort Utensils

    With some cheap mason jars, you can clean up that willy nilly tong and spatula drawer once and for all. Paint them, label them, and put them on the counter to sort spatulas, ladles, whisks, and more. Check it out.

    Use Risers

    Give your cabinet twice as much surface space with a coated metal riser and/or separator - stuff fits on top, between, underneath, and it can be used for just about any kitchen item. Learn more.

    Label Frozen Foods

    The average freezer has piles of random, unsorted, asymmetrical bags and containers in it. Take a second to add a label, even with simple sharpie, to your freezer items with name and date. It’ll save time and help you know when to toss old items. Read more.

    Magnetic Fridge Spices

    The fridge is another magnetic wonderland of unused space. Pick up some magnetic spice jars to free up needed cupboard space, and keep spices in view during cook time. Learn more.

    Timbercreek hopes this list helps give you some ideas for how to better organize your kitchen. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Back to School Tech for Your New School Year

    Aug 27, 2018

    From cringing to excitement, it’s always a bit hard to not get excited about back to school stuff. Pens, pencil cases, laptops, binders, kindles, chargers -- it’s the best part of school starting up again. To help you find the best deals on supplies this season, Timbercreek brings you this list of cool gear for the back to school season.

    Back to School Technology

    Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

    The Kindle Paperwhite is the latest Kindle version which has increased resolution, is glare-free, lighter in weight, and longer lasting on one charge. It’s built for reading, and unlike tablets and phones, Kindle doesn't distract you with social media, emails, and text messages. Check out more.

    Belkin SurgePlus USB Swivel Charger

    A handy little unit, the Belkin Swivel Charger is a USB travel charger that plugs into any wall outlet, allowing up to three AC devices to charge at once without extra cords. Featuring a 360-degree swivel function, the SurgePlus is light and compact. Find out more.

    HP Sprocket Photo Printer

    This compact printer was designed to go anywhere. The Sprocket, as the name suggests, fits easily into any bag, and creates 2 x 3-inch (5 x 7.6 cm) standard photo size, stickable snapshots. Great for making memories in the moment. Learn more.

    Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim

    The Seagate Ultra Slim is one of the thinnest portable drives on the market, measuring just 9.6mm thick, yet still storing 1TB and 2TB of data. Available in gold and platinum colours, the Backup Plus slips into your backpack or courier bag and makes it easy to store your stuff. Learn more.

    Endy Mattress

    Now nearly legendary for their 100-night trial and 10 year warranty, the Endy mattress is a finely crafted 10", 3-layer foam mattress available in 6 sizes. Proudly Canadian made, it offers cool and amazingly comfortable support. Learn more.

    Fitbit

    With nearly 10 models, Fitbit has caught on like wildfire. The well known device is not only a fitness and step tracker, but offers heart monitoring, can measure weight and BMI, sleep tracking and more. They’re also waterproof. A great addition to the back to school kit. Learn more.

    Timbercreek hopes this list helps you stock up with the right stuff for back to school season! For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Stress Free Camping Trip - What To Pack

    Aug 14, 2018

    Ah, summer! Time to throw the tent in the car, pack up a cooler, and hit the trail. Summer is the perfect time for camping, and with the season in full swing, it’s time to make your list. But from bedrolls to mosquito spray, what to take often spins out of control, or gets missed completely. To help you pack for a stress free camping trip, Timbercreek brings you this list of essentials to help make your summer trip easy breezy.

    Camping Packing

    Water

    Most important for any wilderness trip of any kind is your water source. Get a good ceramic filter, or purification tablets, and pre-fill a quality plastic or metal water bottle for each member of the trip. Learn more.

    Tent

    A good tent can make the difference between a sad and soggy trip, or a fabulous, dry, idyllic experience. Tent rentals are available, but whether you buy, rent, or borrow, don’t skimp on this essential. Check out more.

    Sleeping Bags and Pads

    A close second to tents in importance is sleeping bags. Pick something that works for 3 seasons -- that’ll allow for autumn type night temperatures that can readily occur in the bush, even in summer. Similarly, a sleeping pad can mean the difference between having a root in your back all night, and a sweet, dreamy night’s sleep. Read more.

    Knife, utensils, dishware

    From food to rope, to digging to firewood, a good knife makes a big difference on a camping trip. Also make sure you have a cooking stove and fuel, a plastic “spork” (spoon + fork) and a plate for eating, as well as a mug for coffee, tea, and water. Learn more.

    Camp Food

    Camp food has to be thought of in terms of weight, cooking time, and difficulty of cooking. Another major factor to consider is each item’s ability to last without refrigeration. Cheeses, pita bread, oats/grains, refried beans and canned goods, crackers and nuts are all good options. Learn more.

    Weather-appropriate Clothing

    For men and women alike, clothes for camping share similar requirements. Pack and think in layers. Don’t bring too much cotton as cotton soaks up sweat, gets wet, and takes a long time to dry. Aim for one pair of multipurpose pants, a few poly blend t-shirts, a long sleeve, a light sweater, a water-resistant jacket, a bathing suit, 2-3 undies, at least one pair of good socks, sturdy shoes, and potentially a toque. Check it out.

    Hygiene and Medical Essentials

    Take travel size hygiene essentials, and don’t go anywhere without a first aid kit. They’re not super expensive and can be very helpful. Always be aware of bears and other animals if camping in their habitat. Learn more.

    Timbercreek hopes this list helps you pack perfectly for a stress free summer camping trip! For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Summer Bucket List for Couples

    Aug 08, 2018

    Summer Bucket List for Couple Outings

    Summer is the perfect season for romance. With the sun and heat in full force, it’s the perfect time to make the most of the season with your loved one. It’s also ideal for ticking off a few of your shared bucket list items. From road trips to drive-ins, there’s something for everyone. To inspire you to enjoy summer to the fullest, Timbercreek brings you this list of fun summer outing ideas for couples.

    All Day City Roam

    Pick a Saturday or Sunday and grab your better half for a whimsical walk around your city (or another one for that matter). Fly by the seat of your pants, or make a loose plan based on meals and drinks at various stops along the way.

    Couples Mani Pedi

    Don’t laugh, guys. This is an absolute underdog when it comes to awesome activities. Sit in a massage chair with your sweetheart, sip a glass of wine, and get pampered for under 40 bucks. Learn more.

    Spontaneous Road Trip

    Hop in the car, or get on the train and go somewhere. Be spontaneous. Pick a place on the map close-ish to you, or just drive and see where the wind takes you.

    Go to the Drive In

    While drive-ins are becoming more scarce, they do still exist. And they rock. Go old school, get a milkshake, take your own popcorn and an adult beverage, then kick back, and enjoy. Learn more.

    Go Camping

    Camping

    There’s a camping style for everyone -- from hippie to princess. Rent an RV, hop in the car, or go primal with a canoe and a survival knife. Either way, you get to experience the glory of nature with the one you love. Learn more.

    Winery/Brewery Tour

    A tour of local (or non local) wineries and breweries can make for a fantastic day or weekend getaway. In Ontario’s Niagara region, there’s a wealth of options that can keep a couple busy for weekends on end. Learn more.

    Learn to Dance

    Often times the Tango is the single dance blogs and magazines alike regard as most romantic for couples. But everything from foxtrot to breakdancing can be super fun as a couple’s activity. Learn more.

    Couples Outdoor Yoga

    Yoga is an undeniably restorative, empowering, and invigorating art. It’s also one that’s fun to do together, especially outside. Learn more.

    Timbercreek hopes this list of couple's activities gives you some ideas for your bucket list. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Homemade Ice Cream Recipes

    Aug 08, 2018

    The miracle of the ice cream maker has made it possible to bring the magic of ice cream to your own kitchen. Without much work, you can whip up an awesome ice cream recipe! And even if you don’t have one, there are deceptively simple ways to make ice cream with nothing but a few ingredients.

    Ice Cream

    Salted Pretzel Ice Cream with Chocolate and Peanut Butter

    Wow, if the title doesn’t say enough, the taste sure will. A salted pretzel-flavored ice cream base studded with dark chocolate and peanut butter. It requires an ice cream maker, but it's worth the effort. Check out more here.

    Earl Grey and Lavender Ice Cream

    With a slight Asian influence, nodding to green tea ice cream, this variation makes use of the wonderfully subtle flavours of Earl Grey Tea and Lavender, which gives the ice cream a slightly purplish hue, with a phenomenal aroma.  Find out more and get the recipe.

    Mason Jar Ice Cream

    Here’s a 4-ingredient stunner that doesn’t even need an ice cream maker. Pour cream, sugar, vanilla and salt into a mason jar, secure tightly with a lid, shake until the cream thickens and almost doubles in size (4 to 5 minutes). Freeze for 3 hours, or until hardened. Learn more.

    One-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream

    This is an almost unbelievable recipe requiring just bananas and a blender or food processor. Cut bananas into slices, freeze solid, transfer to a blender or food processor and begin pulsing on lower then higher settings, until, magically, it turns from chunky ice bits to smooth ice cream. Best of all, it's airy and gluten free. Learn more.

    “Lemonsicle” Ice Cream

    This is another super simple variation requiring only cream, milk, lemon juice, lemon zest, and sugar. Mix all the ingredients together and either pour into your ice cream maker, or refer to the Mason Jar trick for a handmade version. Find out more.

    Timbercreek hopes these delicious ice cream recipes help you cool off in style this summer with some deluxe homemade ice cream. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

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