• 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 Valentine's Day gifts we love

    Jan 31, 2019

    It may be a bit of a “Hallmark holiday”, but it’s nice to have Valentine’s Day on the calendar to remind us all to show some love to the people we love. The gifts that tend to make the biggest impact are the ones we make ourselves, by hand. To help you make a lasting impression, Timbercreek Communities has some DIY Valentine’s Day gift tutorials to share with you. We hope your love loves them, too!

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    Valentine Bath Bombs

    Give your love the gift of these soothing and sensual DIY Valentine Bath Bombs. All you need is baking soda, citric acid, cornstarch, coconut butter, red food colouring, an essential oil of your choice and a spray bottle of Witch Hazel. Combine the cornstarch, citric acid and baking soda in a mixing bowl. Add red food colouring, a few drops of essential oil and melted coconut oil. Spray the mixture with Witch Hazel, and continue to spray until the mixture holds its shape when squeezed. Press the mix into a heart-shaped silicone mold. They will need about 36 hours to dry out completely, giving you plenty of time to download a printable label and find a mason jar to put them in. To use simply break the bath bomb under running water.

    DIY Romantic Dinner

    If you want to make a sweet and romantic gift for your sweetheart, but you don’t feel like you have the chops to create a crafty gift, this one is for you. Start by downloading a free printable PDF wine label that you can use to wrap a loving message around your bottle. Pair that wine with one of these easy-to-make romantic recipes, or share the wine while you cook together.

    Melting Heart Love Slime

    Your kids will love giving this Melting Heart Love Slime, and your partner will love that they aren’t bringing home more candy! You’ll need red glitter glue, liquid starch and optional additions like confetti, essential oils and a heart-shaped box. The slime is simply red glitter glue mixed slowly with liquid starch. Add more glitter, confetti or essential oil if desired. Cut it with a heart-shaped cookie cutter.

    Valentine’s Pom Pom Bouquet

    A Valentine’s Pom Pom Bouquet is a cute and cuddly way for you or your kids to give a bouquet of flowers that won’t wilt or die. All you need is scissors, green felt, ribbon, twine, assorted colours of yarn, twigs, white spray paint and glue.

    Sweetheart Vase

    You’ll need somewhere to put those real or Pom Pom flowers. This Sweetheart Vase is a fun, easy and sweet storage solution. Cut heart shapes from red felt, thread them onto twine and wrap it around a mason jar.

    Happy Valentine’s Day from Timbercreek!

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  • Valentine's Day Desserts We Love

    Feb 07, 2018

    Valentine’s Day is a beacon of love, light and romance in the dark of February. From roses to wine, movies to dinner out, there’s one sure fire way to celebrate -- dessert! If you’re on the hunt for some sweet ideas for Valentine’s Day treats, Timbercreek brings you this list of our favourite desserts to make for someone special.

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    Belgian Brownie Cakelets

    If your sweetheart is sweet on brownies, these Belgian Brownie Cakelets will knock their socks off. The recipe makes about 12, meaning there’ll be lots of delicious leftovers to enjoy. They’re not difficult to make either -- if you can whisk, you can make these.

    Chocolate Covered Strawberries

    These little beauties are a stand-alone, practically-make-themselves dessert (melted chocolate + strawberries), and are guaranteed to win over that special someone. Find out more here.

    Coconut No-Bake Cookies (Vegan)

    Nothing says love like, well, coconut? This nine-ingredient dessert (coconut sugar, almond milk, cocoa powder, coconut oil, peanut butter, oats, and coconut) requires no oven to make. These bad boys are a cinch.

    Valentine’s Day Bark

    Line a baking sheet with wax paper, melt semi sweet chocolate and spread it on the paper in an even layer. Mix in whatever you love to pair with chocolate - sea salt, pretzels, sprinkles, white chocolate, cinnamon hearts, etc. Refrigerate until set, about 1 hour. Check it out.

    Easy Vegan Truffles

    These 30-minute vegan chocolate truffles are a Valentine’s delight in a decadent dark chocolate shell. The perfect dessert for Valentine's Day, special occasions, or for no reason at all. See more.

    Tahini Stuffed Dates

    Though there’s nothing red in this one, it’s no less sweet and perfect for V-day. Fresh dates are pitted and filled with tahini, then dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with coconut and/or sesame seeds -- easy peasy. Read about it.

    Rose Strawberry Panna cotta

    This Panna Cotta is a stunning dessert made without gelatin and is suitable for vegetarians.The recipe is a teensy bit more involved, but will be a delight for your better half. Have a look here.

    Fancy Fortune Cookies

    For a little Valentine’s Day fun, buy a pack of premade fortune cookies (or make them from scratch if you’re brave), melt your favourite chocolate in the microwave or over a bain marie, dip, spread, or dribble in creative ways, let set in the fridge and voila -- a chocolatey fortune awaits!

    Valentine Mini Baked Doughnuts

    With a handful of ingredients, 30 minutes, and the willingness to get your hands dirty, these little doughnuts bake up quick and are the perfect Valentine’s Day surprise! Check it out here.

    Thumbprint Popsicles

    Popsicles? In winter? Yes! These little frosty treats deliver on taste and Valentine’s charm. Just make sure to eat them inside. Check it out.

    Timbercreek hopes that this article gives you some ideas to sweeten up your Valentine’s day. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.
  • Valentine's Day Game Plan

    Feb 06, 2018

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    Beyond the splendor and status quo, Valentine’s Day is all about showing people that you care. And despite what Hallmark and Laura Secord tell you, it doesn’t take that much. A bit of thought, a bit of planning, a bit of time, and a dash of action. To help you show that special someone you care, Timbercreek brings you a list of ways to wear your heart on your sleeve this Valentine’s Day.

    A Cooking Date (Where You Cook Together)

    Nothing says love like cooking. Making a dish for someone takes skill, time, thought, money, effort, and love. It doesn’t have to taste good, just make it and they will smile. See more.

    A Romantic Movie Night At Home

    Hanging out in the comfort of your home watching Netflix can be really fun. With infinite movies and TV series at your disposal, it’s a great and dirt cheap Valentine’s date option. Add some wine and cheese to make the evening feel special. Ideas here.

    Recreate your first date

    What could be more romantic than recreating your first date with your significant other? We love the idea and so will your sweetheart. If you had a simple first date (like going to a restaurant or a picnic in the park), recreate it with some added flare. For example, if you went to a restaurant, go back to the same one but pull out all the stops -- bring flowers, order wine, share your meal etc. If you had a simple picnic in the park, upgrade your menu with champagne and gourmet takeout from your favourite place, or make a masterful meal with some of these gourmet picnic recipes.

    Take a wine-and-paint class

    Wine-and-paint classes are popping up all over Canada for good reason -- they’re super fun! Treat your date to one this Valentine’s Day. This activity is especially great for first dates because there is a point of focus that helps take the pressure off. You don’t need to make much conversation with your date to have fun but the activity gives you something to talk about, you get to be creative, and a glass of wine never hurts when you’re trying to relax! Check out these other reasons why it’s a great date night plan.

    Museum/Art Gallery

    Whether you’re an art lover or a football junkie, it’s never a bad time to take in some culture. Show you care with some tickets to your favourite museum or art exhibit and make a romantic night of it. Find out.

    Breakfast in Bed

    Who doesn’t love breakfast, especially in bed? It’s the perfect treat for your partner this Valentine’s day. All the better if you make it a surprise! Check out more.

    The Gift of Service

    Do something for your loved one. Do the dishes, clean up, cook, do the laundry, make tea, fix a bike or car.  It can be simple or complex, but make it something they don’t absolutely love doing for extra impact.

    Go Bowling

    Sometimes bowling is not your first choice but it’s a good one! This is one date idea that no one ever thinks about. All the more reason this is a perfect non-Valentine-y Valentine's date that we highly recommend!

    Timbercreek hopes that this list inspires you to show your better half how you feel this Valentine’s Day. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

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