• Life goals: staying active this winter

    Dec 27, 2018

    It can be easy to just want to curl up and get cozy once the cold weather arrives. In order to stay healthy, it’s essential that we keep moving and remain active, even when the heavy snow begins to fall. Timbercreek Communities wants to help you curb your hibernation habit this winter. These tips that will help you stay happy, healthy and active all winter long.

    Staying Active in the Winter

    Find Something You Love to Do

    Finding a fun outdoor activity to enjoy will make you look forward to getting outside this winter. Start by thinking about the things you used to love doing in winter, but haven’t made the time for in recent years. It’s also a good idea to try something completely new-to-you like cross country skiing or snowshoeing. What you choose to do is up to you. Seta goal of trying something new every week until you find the right fit. Keep showing up. Keep getting out there.

    Take it Easy, but Don’t be Sedentary

    Exercise in winter doesn’t have to be vigorous to be effective. Try joining a walking group, or start your own with family and friends.

    Workout Inside

    If you can’t brave the outdoors for too long, try signing up for indoor fitness classes or clubs at a local community centre this winter. Walking to and from the class will add to your workout, too.

    Insulate with Layers

    The best defense against frigid temperatures is dressing efficiently in layers. Layering is the most effective way to stay warm, dry and comfy. If you get too hot, remove a layer. Your outer layer should be both wind and water resistant. It’s important to stay dry in cold weather. The layer closest to your skin should be made of a moisture wicking material. Avoid cotton as it stays wet when it gets wet.

    Hydrate

    Proper hydration is essential in all seasons. You may not feel as thirsty, but make sure you drink plenty of water before, during and after any outdoor exercise. It never hurts to carry a thermos of herbal tea to help keep you warm and hydrated.

    Embrace the Light

    The short days and long nights of winter can make it harder to get enough sunlight. If you can, plan your outdoor activities during daylight hours. If you’re exercising outdoors at night, be sure to wear bright, reflective clothing.

    Use Your Amenities

    If your Timbercreek Community has a fitness centre or pool, make the time to use it. If you would rather workout in your suite, you can create a space to do some bodyweight workouts that require no equipment.

    Whatever you choose to do to stay active this winter, stick with it. Getting started is the hardest part. Timbercreek hopes these tips help you stay healthy, happy and warm this winter.

    To find your home with Timbercreek Communities across Canada, please visit our website.

  • How to keep your dog away from your Christmas presents

    Dec 24, 2018

    The Holidays are an exciting time for the whole family, including your pets. Timbercreek Communities wants to help make sure every member of the family has a happy holiday. Here are some tips for how to keep your dog away from your Christmas presents, and your tree.

    golden retriever dog at Christmas

    Go Bare and Artificial

    Pine needles may not be toxic to you pet, but they are sharp and can cause discomfort if ingested. An artificial tree may be less interesting to your pet. When you first set up your tree, leave it bare for a few days. This will give you pet time to investigate this curious addition to home and quickly lose interest in it, even when it becomes adorned with lights and bobbles.

    No Low Lights

    Once your dog has lost interest in your bare, artificial tree, it’s time to decorate it. To help your furry friend avoid temptation, and possible electric shock, make sure not to string any lights on the lower branches. Keeping things out of sight will help keep them out of mind for your pet. Hide any electrical cords running to or from the tree under a tree skirt, or use adhesive-backed cord clips to keep them out of reach of curious snouts.

    Christmas Tree Security

    To make sure your tree is secure, invest in a sturdy tree stand. For a second layer of tree security, you may want to rig up a homemade low-tech Xmas tree security system. Simply place aluminum cans filled with some dry beans, or noisy metal bolts, on the bottom limbs of the tree. If your pooch starts nosing around the bottom of the tree, they’ll sound the rattle-y alarm. Remember to keep fragile ornaments up in the higher branches.

    Take a Pass on Edible Ornaments

    Strings of popcorn, candy canes or anything else that can be seen as an enticing and tasty treat should be left off of your tree. Also, don’t store gifts of chocolate, even when it is wrapped, under your tree. If a brightly coloured tree that grew treats on and under its branches suddenly appeared in your living room, you’d probably want to investigate too!

    Pretty Plants can be Poison

    Mistletoe, Holly and Poinsettias are all potentially poison to your pets. If you decorate with these plants, make sure to keep them well out of reach of your four-legged friend. Nobody likes to be sick during the Holidays.

    Happy Holidays from Timbercreek Communities! We hope these tips and tricks protect your pet, presents, and tree this Christmas. 

    To find your home with Timbercreek Communities across Canada, please visit our website.

  • Cozy winter meals to warm up with

    Dec 19, 2018

    The best winter meals are all about comfort and fabulous flavour. Timbercreek Communities has some delicious and cozy winter meals to share with you. Warm up with them this season.

    Beef stew with vegetables

    Butternut Squash Lasagna

    Traditional lasagna is great, but when winter rolls around this beautiful and creamy Butternut Squash Lasagna may make you feel even more cozy and comforted. To make it, preheat the oven 425°F. Divide a peeled and cubed butternut squash into 2 baking pans and toss the cubes with olive oil. Bake the squash until tender (about 20 minutes). Cook lasagna noodles according to the package directions. Meanwhile, make the herby bechamel sauce. Start by bringing milk and rosemary to a boil, then turn down the heat and simmer the mixture for 10 minutes before straining. Saute garlic in butter, stir in some flour and season with salt and pepper. Add in the rosemary milk. Boil and stir until it thickens. Reserve one cup of the herbed bechamel and add the squash to the remaining sauce. Layer the reserved sauce with cooked noodles, the squash mixture, and grated fontina and Parmesan cheese. Beat some heavy cream until peaks form and spread it on top. Bake at 375°F for 30 minutes. Your apartment will smell incredible.

    Chicken Enchiladas

    If the winter chill is getting you down, bake up a batch of these Chicken Enchiladas. To make them, brown boneless, skinless chicken breast in a little oil. Season with cumin, garlic and chili powder. Remove the chicken from the pan and saute onion and garlic in the drippings. Add corn, chiles and canned tomatoes. Shred the chicken and return it to the pan. Dust the whole mixture with flour to set it. Fill corn tortillas with canned enchilada sauce and the chicken mixture. Arrange evenly in a baking dish, then top them with cheese and more sauce and bake at 350°F for about 15 minutes, until the cheese melts.

    Beef Stew

    A pot of piping hot Beef Stew simmering on the stove on a cold winter day is the definition of cozy. It’s super hearty and surprisingly easy to make. To prepare it, coat cubes of boneless beef with flour, salt and pepper. Brown the beef in butter or oil over medium heat, then remove it from the pot. Add more butter, plus celery and onion. Add in tomato paste, dry red wine and return the beef to the pot. Add potatoes, carrots, parsley, thyme, bay leaves, beef broth and Worcestershire. Cover and braise in your oven for 45 minutes at 350°F. Add in cocktail onions and braise for another 15 minutes. Cook the stew, uncovered, for 30 to 40 minutes. Remove te parsley, thyme and bay leaves before serving.

    Spaghetti and Beet Balls

    Spaghetti and Beet Balls is a vegan-friendly way to enjoy a cozy and hearty meal this winter. Make the beet balls by blending walnuts into a flour. Saute some onions in oil over medium heat, add minced garlic, carrots and a little water. Add in nutritional yeast, oregano, paprika, chili powder, ground fennel, chipotle and a pinch of salt. Blend some peeled and grated beets in your food processor with cooked rice, Dijon mustard and tahini until you form a paste. Add in the carrot mixture and 1 tbsp of ground flax mixed with 3 tbsp warm water. Finally, add the walnuts and combine. Form balls with the mixture and arrange on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350°F for approximately 25 minutes as you prepare the pasta according to the package directions. Serve the cooked beet balls on top of your pasta with store-bought pasta sauce.

    Timbercreek Communities hopes that these delicious winter recipes keep you feeling warm and cozy all season long.

    To find your home with Timbercreek Communities across Canada, please visit our website.

  • Property Highlight -- The Gate at 508 Main Street, Saskatoon

    Dec 13, 2018

    If you’re on the hunt for an apartment to call home in the heart of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Timbercreek Communities would love to welcome you to The Gate at 508 Main Street East. This fabulous community has a lot to offer and is walking distance from many of the city’s best attractions.

    Living Room at 508 Main St

    Your Home

    When you arrive at The Gate, you’ll know you’re home. You and your pets are more than welcome at this ideal location in the heart of the city’s cultural scene. You’re only steps from all the action, but when you get home, you’ll be safe and sound in a quiet oasis. From the controlled access lobby to the 24/7 Professional Building Management, your safety, security and comfort are our top priority.

    Your bright and spacious contemporary suite will be your own personal sanctuary. The property also features a new fully equipped gym and on site laundry facilities, to make your day-to-day life a little easier.

    Your Neighbourhood

    Taking full advantage of everything your city has to offer is easy to do when you call The Gate home. Located in the sought-after Broadway District, you are walking distance from all the cafes, restaurants, boutiques, and exciting nightlife that Broadway has to offer. The Broadway Theatre is your source for arthouse film screenings, live musical performances and events.

    The Gate is only minutes from the downtown core and central business district, the 8th Street corridor and the world-class arts and culture scene of the Remai Arts Centre, and the Mendel Art Gallery. It’s easy for students to get to class on time as The Gate is also located near the University of Saskatchewan.

    When you need a bit of a break from the fun and excitement of urban life, The Gate is also a dream come true for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. The Meewasin Trail, Saskatchewan River and the The Louis Riel Trail are all close by. Whether you love horseback riding, cycling, snowmobiling, hiking or picnicking, it’s easy to enjoy outdoor fun all year round. The kids will love spending time at Kinsmen Park, too.

    Timbercreek Communities hopes that you’ll choose to call The Gate (508 Main Street East) your home one day.

    For more information or to find a home with Timbercreek Communities near you, please visit our website.

  • Must have winter coats that combine fashion and function

    Dec 11, 2018

    It’s no secret that Canadian winters can be harsh. Staying warm shouldn’t mean sacrificing your sense of style. Timbercreek Communities has some must-have winter coats to share with you that combine fashion and function.

    Winter Coat Styles

    Faux Fur Trimmed ¾ Length Coat

    This Faux Fur Trimmed ¾ Length Coat from Calvin Klein will keep you warm and looking exceptionally chic this season. The wool blend will block out the wind, the standing collar eliminates the need for a scarf, while the attached drawstring faux fur trimmed hood is handy when the wind starts to howl or snow starts to fly.

    Wool Skirted Coat with Shawl Collar

    This Wool Skirted Coat with Shawl Collar is stylish and functional. The skirted bottom is great for keeping the Canadian winter chill at bay and looks great with tights, leggings, pants, skirts and high boots.This lightweight but sturdy coat is perfect when paired with the right cozy scarf. The boiled wool, shawl collar and side entry pockets will ensure you stay toasty and look great this winter.

    Peacoat

    The classic look of a Peacoat is perfect for both men and women. The sturdy style and classic cut, paired with a warm scarf, will make you feel like winter can’t push you around. You can also opt for an updated look with this women’s Double Breasted Wool Pea Coat with Notched Lapel. It looks elegant in dark colours, but brilliantly bold in red.

    Duffle Coats

    Full length Duffle Coats are hot this season. They are a timeless trend for men or women so don’t worry about splurging. Look for coats with large loop robe closures with wooden toggles -- it’s a classic and functional look that’s easy to open and close, even with mittens on. This men’s Duffle in camel is sure to turn heads while keeping your head warm, thanks to the attached pancake hood.

    Puffer Parka

    This elegant women’s full length High Belted Puffer Parka is proof that puffy and warm can still be stylish. It features a detachable faux fur collar and ribbed windproof cuffs to keep the cold out. For men, a waist length puffer coat is the perfect grab-and-go winter coat. It’s perfectly suited to any outdoor activity (like skiing, hiking, and skating etc.).

    Timberceek hopes these must-have winter coats keep you warm and stylish all winter long.

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