• Can't Miss Summer Festivals Across Canada

    Jun 18, 2019

    With so many festivals in almost every province, there’s something every Canadian can be excited about this summer. Timbercreek Communities has a list of the top 5 festivals across Canada that you should check out this season.

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    Edmonton Ribfest

    If you’re a meat lover who loves BBQ, Edmonton Ribfest is your paradise. Try some of the best slow cooked ribs, pulled pork and chicken as well as the beer and wine tap. Since the festival is all ages, you can enjoy the live entertainment while your kids have fun in the Kids Zone. Don’t forget to check out this year’s Best Rack Competition and the new Ribfest Olympics. The event is free and runs from July 12-14th, 2019.

    Beaches International Jazz Festival

    Are you ready for one of the most exciting festivals of the summer? The International Beaches Jazz Festival takes place in Toronto every year and features incredible emerging and established musicians. This year it takes place July 5th to 28th. Aside form the amazing music, you can also check out multi-arts exhibits, workshops and indulge at the gourmet food trucks. What more could you ask for in an event?

    Saskatoon Exhibition

    There’s so much to be excited about when it comes to the Saskatoon Exhibition. With over 20 rides, incredible shows and delicious food, this is one summer festival you won’t want to miss. This year, witness Terrance Bellinger hypnotize crowds or watch a magic show with dogs! If that’s not your thing, you can always explore the exhibitors or grab a bite at one of the new restaurants and finally try that charcoal ice cream that you’ve been thinking about for months! The festival runs from August 6th to 11th,  2019.

    Red River Exhibition

    Kick off your summer at the Red River Exhibition in Winnipeg. This 10-day festival starts on June 14th and features all kinds of rides, music, buskers and competitions. Plus, there are a ton of attractions including the new Extinction Park where you can get the ultimate dinosaur experience or meet your child’s favourite princess or superhero at the Living Fairytale. Don’t forget to check out the shoppers market while you enjoy your favourite midway treats and be sure to stay for the fireworks!

    New France Festival

    If you haven’t checked out The New France Festival (Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France) yet, add it to your list! Transport yourself to the seventeenth century at this unique festival and witness thousands of colourful costumes from that time, musical performances and parades. The purpose of the festival is to celebrate the arrival of the first Europeans in America, as well as Quebec’s rich cultural heritage. The New France Festival runs from August 1st to 4th in Quebec City.

    Timbercreek Communities hopes you enjoy your summer and visit at least one of these fabulous festivals. You won’t be dissappointed! To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Top 5 Cheat Meals That Taste Great

    Apr 24, 2019

    Regardless of how clean you eat, and how great it makes you feel, sometimes we all need a cheat meal. Timbercreek Communities has 5 cheat meal recipes that taste great which you can make at home.

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    Buffalo Chicken Nachos

    Nachos are probably one of the most-craved cheat meals in North America. They tick so many boxes -- crunchy, cheesy, gooey and spicy. We love this nachos recipe because it's a mashup of two cheat meal favourites -- nachos and buffalo chicken! To make this delicious version, start by preheating your oven to 400F. Mix 2 shredded chicken breasts with bbq sauce and 2 teaspoons of powdered ranch seasoning, then set aside. In a saucepan, heat 1 cup of heavy cream, adding 1lb of white American cheese and 8oz of Monterey cheese. Stir until everything is melted and add 1-2 tablespoons of ranch seasoning. Next, put a layer of tortilla chips in a cast iron skillet and top with half of the buffalo chicken. Drizzle the cheese on top. Add a second layer of chips and repeat. If you have some cheese left over, serve it as a dipping sauce. Finally, add jalapeno peppers, green onions and blue cheese. To finish it off, bake the buffalo chicken nachos in the oven for a few minutes, until the blue cheese melts.

    Mozzarella and Goat Cheese Pizza

    If you’re looking for a great pizza recipe, look no further. This four-cheese pizza might become your new favourite cheat meal! Start off by making the dough from scratch. Add 1 pack of instant yeast to ½ cup of warm water and wait for 5 minutes. Once it gets bubbly, add 1 ¼ cup of room-temperature water to the water/yeast mixture. In your mixing bowl, combine flour and salt. Set your mixer to low speed and start pouring the yeast mixture and the olive oil into the flour mixture. Keep mixing it until the dough forms a mass. Once the dough is elastic and soft, pour it in an oiled bowl. Cover it with plastic wrap and let it rise for about 2 hours. Once it has doubled in size, deflate the dough and transfer it to a lightly floured flat surface. Divide it into two equal portions and freeze one if you like. The next step is actually making the pizza. Set the oven to 450F and roll out the dough to your desired shape. Glaze it with the olive oil mixture (3 tablespoons of olive oil and garlic) and cover it with mozzarella, goat cheese, ricotta and parmesan. Let it bake for 18 minutes or until the crust turns golden brown. Finish it off by adding fresh basil.

    Chicken Pad Thai with Zoodles

    Everyone needs a healthy pad thai recipe! Try this Chicken Pad Thai for a healthier, low-carb dish that’s full of flavour. Season 1 pound of chicken breast with fresh pepper. Heat olive oil in a saucepan and cook the chicken until fully cooked. Set it aside and cut it into pieces once it cools. In a separate bowl, whisk together 1 tablespoon of honey, 2 teaspoons of chilli garlic sauce and soy sauce, 3 tablespoons of rice vinegar, 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and ¼ cup of water. Next, you’re going to add 1 cup of spiralized zucchini in a pan and pre-cooked rice noodles, topping it off with chicken, pad thai sauce and 1 cup of bean sprouts and chopped cabbage. Once the zucchini has softened, the dish should be done. Sprinkle the meal with crushed peanuts, fresh cilantro and a lime wedge. Enjoy!

    Creamy Tomato Soup with Cheese and Toast Croutons

    Everyone loves a good soup, especially in the winter. Try this yummy Creamy Tomato Soup that's perfect for lunch and dinner. To begin, heat olive oil in a sauce pan and add 1 chopped onion. Cook until the onion is soft and add 2 cloves of garlic and 1 medium sweet potato. Next, add in 2 cups of vegetable stock, 3 cans of canned tomatoes in juice, 1 tablespoon of tomato puree and sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes. While you wait for the soup, heat a griddle pan on high heat. Divide the cheese between two slices of bread and top with the other two slices, then brush with olive oil and fry in the griddle. Cook for about 5 minutes and slice them into cubes. Once the soup is done, you’re going to pour it into a blender and mix until it's smooth.  Add the salt, pepper and 4 tablespoons of cream. That's it! To serve, divide the soup into 6 bowls and top with croutons. Voila!

    Fried Chicken and Waffles

    Can you ever go wrong with waffles? We don't think so! These waffles are far from ordinary and they might just leave your mouth watering for days. It all starts with a basic buttermilk pancake batter, but a little less sweet. Begin by combining 2 cups of flour, 1 ¼  tsp of baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda, salt, ¼ cup of brown sugar and black pepper in a large bowl. In a different bowl, whisk 3 eggs and pour them into the flour mix with melted butter. Chop 6 pieces of cooked bacon, 1 cup of cheddar cheese and some chopped scallions and add it all to the batter. Once your waffle iron is heated and ready to go, grease the bottom and cook the waffles for 4-6 minutes. Set the waffles aside and get ready to make the fried chicken! Start by mixing 1 pound of chicken in 1 ½ cups of buttermilk and some hot sauce. In a separate dish, mix in flour, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and paprika. Grab the chicken and dip it into the flour mixture you just made, making sure to coat both sides. If the oil is nice and hot, fry the chicken until it’s golden and crispy. Now that the hardest part is done, you can make the sauce. Just mix maple syrup, spicy brown mustard and yellow mustard together. Now you’re ready to assemble the sandwiches. Top each waffle with a few slices of tomato and avocado, a bit of greens and the maple mustard sauce. You can have it as an open-face sandwich, or a full sandwich by adding the other waffle on top. Enjoy alone or with friends!

    Finding a good cheat meal recipe isn’t always easy. Timbercreek Communities hopes you enjoyed these 5 recipes that are both easy and delicious.

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

  • Spring Cleaning: Top Things to Purge from Your Closet

    Apr 16, 2019

    For some of us, getting rid of the things we've accumulated in our closets over the years is not a problem. But for most of us, it’s no easy task. If you’re looking for ways to clean out your closet, Timbercreek Communities has tips on how to build the courage to give things the boot and how to choose what to purge from your closet that will make your space feel more organized.

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    Purge things you rarely touch

    It’s time to ditch items you no longer wear or haven’t worn in a while. If it’s been sitting undisturbed in your closet for more than a year, it’s time to let it go.

    Choosing what to purge

    Create three piles and separate things by what you absolutely love, items you’re not sure what to do with and items you are 100% ready to get rid of. People tend to hold on to expensive purchases and sentimental items. The truth is, if you wore it only once since you bought it, chances are you’re never going to wear it again. And if something has sentimental value, don’t worry. The memories will always be there. If it helps, take a picture of it.

    Consider ditching your uncomfortable shoes and any costume jewellery you’ve been collecting for years.

    What to save

    When purging your closet, think about if your more questionable items work well in combination with others. The more you can match an item with, the better and the more worth saving it is.

    Don't just throw it all away

    Once you've chosen your items, one of the best ways to dispose of them is to donate them to places like Value Village or the Salvation Army.

    Clean

    Once you've purged, the next step is to clean. Empty your closet completely and do a deep cleaning -- something we all hesitate do. Try using Seventh Generation non-toxic products which are a healthier and more sustainable choice.

    Shop

    This is the fun part – well, sort of. Instead of shopping for unnecessary items, this is your chance to purchase items that will help you organize your space. Velvet or open hangers are great because they are thin, and allow you to neatly hang everything without slipping off. Wicker baskets are a nice way to store many items and they actually look stylish on open shelves. Another useful trick is to use shower hooks to hang your purses and scarves. They are cheap and available everywhere.

    Organize

    Organize your closet in a way that makes sense. Arrange things by colour or in groups (skirts, pants, sweaters), which will make your life easier when you’re in a rush. Keep the items that you use often within reach and reserve the top shelves for seasonal items. And finally, label everything - purses, swimwear, accessories! This will save you time and prevent you from making a mess.

    Light
    By decluttering your closet, you’ll naturally let in more light into the space. But if that’s not enough, it might be worth investing in brighter light fixtures for greater visibility. The other option is to get battery-powered lights and hang them inh dark areas of your closet. A well-lit space will encourage you to keep things tidy and clean.

    Plan to purge

    Don't let your refreshed closet fall into disarray. You can keep tabs on the items you're using and what you're not with a clever hanger system. Add an event on your calendar to clean up the closet again one year from the day you cleaned it. Place all clothing items on hangers facing the back of the closet. When you wear something, turn the hanger around when you return the item to the closet. When the year rolls by, you will be able to tell what you wore and what you didn't wear with ease and be able to ditch things with a clear conscience.

    Organizing your closet will save you time and money. You’ll be less stressed when searching for clothes in the morning and less tempted to shop for new items. Timbercreek Communities hopes these suggestions get you ready and excited for Spring cleaning.

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

  • Quick and Easy Meal Prep Ideas for One Week

    Mar 18, 2019

    Meal prepping is a great way to save time on cooking and commit to eating healthier. To help you get started, Timbercreek Communities has some delicious and easy meal prep ideas for one week.

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    DIY Starbucks Protein Bistro Box

    Instead of spending too much money on food from Starbucks, make copycat versions of your favourite Starbucks meals yourself at home. This Protein Bistro Box is super easy to make and it’s great for breakfast or lunch. Start by boiling 8 eggs and washing 2 cups of apples and grapes. Slice the apples and brush them with lemon juice to prevent browning. When the eggs are finished boiling, cut them into pieces and sprinkle some salt and pepper on them. Organize all your ingredients (4 reduced-fat Mini Babybel cheeses, Honey-Roasted Peanut Butter and 2 multigrain flatbread sandwich thins cut into quarters) into 4 Meal Prep Containers and refrigerate. There’s no need to heat it up, so it’s perfect to take with you to school or work, or to eat on the go.

    Breakfast Egg McMuffins

    With this amazing breakfast recipe, you’ll never have to wait in a drive-through line again. To make the Egg Mcmuffins, you’ll need 6 eggs, half a cup of chopped spinach, one third of a cup of crumbled cooked bacon, one third of a cup of shredded cheddar cheese, a little cooking spray and salt and pepper. Begin by setting the oven to 375F. Spray the muffin trays with cooking spray. Crack the eggs into a blender and blend until smooth. Add the spinach, bacon and cheese to the mixture and divide it evenly between the muffin cups. Bake the egg McMuffins for 15 to 18 minutes and serve immediately. This protein-packed meal is full of flavour and ideal for busy mornings.

    Pad Thai

    If you love Pad Thai, but want to make it healthier, this is the perfect recipe for you. This Spiralized Chicken Pad Thai dish is low-carb, noodle-free and super easy to make. Start with the sauce. You’ll need one quarter cup of tamarind paste, 1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce or tamari, 1 tbsp peanut butter, 2 cloves garlic minced, 2 tsp fish sauce and 2 tsp lime juice. Whisk all the ingredients in a bowl and set aside. For the meal, you will need need 4 chicken breasts, 4 spiralized zucchinis, 1 small yellow onion, 1 pack of carrot matchsticks, ½ red cabbage, 2-3 scallions, one quarter cup chopped peanuts, coconut or olive oil and one third of a cup of finely chopped cilantro. In a large pan, heat the oil and add the onions. Cook them for a few minutes and add the chicken with three quarters of the pad thai sauce. Keep stirring for 8 to 10 minutes, until the chicken is cooked. Next, you’ll want to remove the pan from the heat, add the zucchini noodles and stir in the remainder of the sauce. Sautee for 30 seconds, then move the noodles to a meal prep container. Top it all off with chicken, cabbage and carrots and garnish with scallions, peanuts and cilantro.

    Baked Lime Chicken Bowls

    Stay on track with this delicious Baked Lime Chicken Bowl. It’s super healthy and tastes amazing. This meal makes a great lunch or dinner dish. Before you start cooking, you’ll want to cut the chicken into cubes and marinate it in a chilli lime sauce. In a large bag, combine vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika and lime juice. Add the chicken and marinate anywhere from 2 hours to overnight. When you’re ready to cook, heat the oven to 400F,  arrange the chicken on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Enjoy!

    Honey BBQ Salmon Bowls

    Healthy food doesn’t have to be boring. This Honey BBQ Salmon Bowl is a perfect example of a healthy meal that is full of flavour and ready in 30 minutes. Not only is it protein packed, but it’s gluten free and dairy free as well. Begin by heating the oven to 400F and lining a tray with a baking sheet and oil. In a separate bowl, combine the BBQ sauce, 1/2 to 1 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar, 1/4 tsp black pepper, 2 cloves of garlic and salt. Spread the sauce over the salmon and bake for 10-12 minutes. You’ll want to broil for 1-2 minutes -- until the BBQ sauce browns at the edge of the salmon. Be sure to keep an eye on it so it doesn’t overcook! Next, you’ll want to cook 1 cup of quinoa in 2 cups of water. When that’s ready and fluffy, set it aside. Cut the zucchini into thin strips, or use a spiralizer, and start preparing each bowl. To do so, start by adding one third of a cup of quinoa, 3 ounces of salmon, 3-4 pieces of avocado, 1 cup of zoodles, red pepper, BBQ sauce, a handful of cilantro, a splash of lemon and 1 to 2 tbsps of pumpkin seeds. Voila! You have 3 to 4 prepared bowls to enjoy for lunch and dinner!

    Timbercreek hopes you enjoyed these 5 easy meal prep ideas. To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, 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.

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    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.

  • Small Movements that can Improve your Mood

    Sep 17, 2018

    Controlling your emotions is no easy task. When you need to feel better fast, acting like you feel better can actually trick your mind into feeling better. Timbercreek Communities wants to share several small movements that can improve your mood.

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    Smile

    Even forcing a fake smile can make you feel happier. When the muscles used for smiling are engaged, you’re more likely to find something funny. Learn more about the facial feedback hypothesis.

    Got a Pen?

    When you can’t muster even a fake smile, try putting a pen between your front teeth. Even forcing your face into a semblance of a smile can provide some stress relief.

    Go to Your Happy Place

    Move your mind to find relief. By calling up cherished memories in your mind, you can improve our inner sense of joy and well being. When we’re stressed, it’s harder to recall these memories. Try to recall an object, or details about the location where the memory took place. This technique is called the "method-of-loci" strategy. 

    Breathe

    Pay attention to your breathing. A proper inhale and exhale should cause your abdomen to expand and contract. Your chest and shoulders should remain relatively still.

    Posture

    Proper posture can enhance your mood, boost confidence, and make relaxed breathing feel more natural. Sit or stand straight and relax your shoulders.

    Embrace Yourself and Move Toward Your Goal

    The simple act of hugging yourself can reduce physical and emotional pain. Now, literally take a step forward. Put on your shoes to go to the gym. Step toward the door to tidy up your room. End the procrastination to improve your mood. Our brains can follow the lead of our bodies.

    Timbercreek hopes these small but powerful movements help you pick yourself up when the chips are down. We all need some help from time to time. To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Summer is still here - The Best Party Games for an Outdoor Get-Together

    Sep 04, 2018

    The recipe for a great summer get-together is simple. Combine food, refreshments and a few friends. Shake it up with a few games that can be learned quickly. Here are the best party games for an outdoor get-together, from Timbercreek Communities.

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    Giant Jenga

    Take a block from the bottom and put it on top. Repeat until it all comes tumbling down. Super size your Jega experience this summer. The stakes get higher as you build up. Get out of the way when it all comes crashing down! DIY your own version, or save some time and buy one.

    Yard Yahtzee

    Playing Yahtzee is a great way to spend a rainy day with your friends and family. It's even more fun when you play outside under the sun. Here are some simple step by step instructions to create your own Yard Yahtzee game.

    Cornhole

    Cornhole is a classic BBQ get-together game. All you need are some bean bags, and a few inclined wooden boards with a hole cut in them. You can DIY it with basic tools and skills, or buy one.

    Ladder Golf

    You probably don't have room to play a round of golf at your next summer get-together, but you probably have space for Ladder Golf. If you’re looking for a fun summer craft project you can build your own using PVC pipe, nylon rope and golf balls. Or just order a ready-to-use set online and enjoy.

    Bocce Ball

    Have you ever seen people playing Bocce Ball in the park? It's a lot of fun! It’s also an easy game to pick up, and a tough one to put down. All you need to get stared is a set of Bocce Balls and a flat patch of grass.

    KOOB: The Viking Game

    KOOB is destined to become the next classic get-together game. Check out this video to see how fun it looks! Order your set and prepare for battle!

     

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