• Valentine's Day desserts for two

    Feb 12, 2019

    No matter what your Valentine’s Day plans are, plan on coming home for dessert this year. Timbercreek Communities wants to help you set the mood with some sweet and sinful Valentine’s Day desserts for two.

    Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes

    These rich and gooey Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes make a perfect Valentine’s Day dessert. Combine coarsely-chopped bittersweet chocolate with butter in a small saucepan. Heat on low until the chocolate and butter melt together. With an electric mixer, beat eggs with granulated sugar and vanilla for about 10 minutes. Fold one third of the chocolate/butter mixture into the beaten eggs. Spoon this batter into greased ramekins and bake on a baking pan at 425 F for about 12 minutes. When they have cooled, loosen them from the sides of the ramekin with a knife and invert them onto a plate. Served with a generous dusting of sifted powdered sugar on top, garnished with fresh berries and mint leaves.

    Pavlova

    An elegant Pavlova is sure to get your mouth watering this Valentine’s Day. If you’re not familiar with the classic dessert, it’s a crisp white cloud of meringue, layered with fresh fruit and whipped cream. It’s elegant and the perfect finish for a romantic evening. To make it, begin by beating egg whites until stiff but not dry. Do not overbeat your egg whites. Add in your sugar, one spoonful at a time. When the mixture is thick and glossy, gently fold in vanilla, lemon juice and cornstarch. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Draw a 9-inch circle on the parchment and spoon the mixture inside the circle, working from the centre out. Build the outside edge of the circle a little higher than the centre. Bake at 300 F for about an hour. As the meringues cool, beat heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Fill the meringues with the whipped cream and top with fresh berries. You’ll totally impress your date with this one!

    Dulce de Leche Mousse

    The rich caramel flavour of this Dulce de Leche Mousse is perfect for a romantic Valentine’s dessert. Sprinkle shredded coconut on rimmed baking sheet. Toast it at 350 F for 6 to 8 minutes, until golden. Beat heavy cream and kosher salt together with an electric mixer. When stiff peaks form, fold in your dulce de leche. Chill it in the fridge for at least an hour. Serve topped with the toasted coconut. It’s a light but satisfying dessert that anyone will love.

    Happy Valentine’s Day from Timbercreek!

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  • DIY Christmas decorations to make with your kids

    Dec 05, 2018

    ‘Tis the season to get crafty and spend some quality creative time with your family. Timbercreek Communities has some fun and easy DIY Christmas decoration projects to share with you. We hope you get the chance to make them with your kids this December.

    Kids & Christmas decorated crafts

    Magical Macaroni

    Grab some pasta and create some Christmas magic with these Magical Macaroni decorations. If you don’t have elbow noodles, don’t worry! Pretty much every pasta shape will work for this project -- from penne to farfalle, and everything in between. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination. All you need is glue and paint and you can create stars and snowflakes. Click here to learn more.

    Thumbprint Reindeer Ornaments

    These Thumbprint Reindeer Ornaments are a great way for kids to put their fingerprints on some keepsake ornaments and really make their mark. Choose plain matte coloured ornament balls as the thumbprints will show up better on them than on the shiny ones. Your kids will love that they can do this project almost entirely by themselves. Dip a thumb in brown paint and make your mark -- this will serve as the reindeer face. Add eyes, nose and antlers with a permanent marker. Make sure to do at least one red-nosed reindeer! Click here to learn more.

    Cupcake Liner Christmas Trees

    If you over estimated how many cupcakes you’d be baking this season, these Cupcake Liner Christmas Trees can put your materials to good use. Start by making a cone shape out of cardstock, then add ruffled cupcake liners to the cardstock cone base to make brances. You may need to use more than one liner to get all the way around. Before you reach to top of the tree, cover the tip with the centre of a liner and continue to add ruffles all the way to the top. Click here to learn more.

    Candy Cane Christmas Trees

    You and your kids will love making these Candy Cane Christmas Trees. All you need is some green felt, glue and various buttons and beads to use as ornaments. Cut a piece of felt to size (you’ll want the candy cane ‘trunk’ to show). Cut slits in the felt to insert the candy cane. Glue on buttons, beads and whatever other ornaments you like. Click here to learn more.

    Terra Cotta Pot Snowmen

    Turn old terracotta pots in cute Terracotta Pot Snowmen. In addition to the pots you’ll need acrylic paint (white, black, and various other colours), scissors, paper and glue. Paint the pots white, then paint on some snowman faces and decorate them however you like. Click here to learn more.

    Timbercreek hopes these simple craft projects help you carve out some quality time with your kids, and leave you with sentimental souvenirs this season.

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