• Top summer food festivals and events across Canada

    Aug 01, 2019

    Summer is here and it's time to celebrate, Canada! To help you take a bite out of the season, we've found the top summer food festivals and events happening across the country in 2019. Don't miss out on these delicious festivities. 

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    1. Toronto Food Truck Festival

    From Friday, August 2nd to Monday, August 5th, head to Woodbine Park in Toronto for another scrumptious year of The Toronto Food Truck Festival! Admission is free and there’s something everyone will enjoy eating. Entertain yourself with some of Toronto’s best local talent, participate in fun eating challenges, take your kiddos to a magical Children’s Village and enjoy a cold beer with friends while you munch on amazing foods from the best food trucks around. 30 to 50 trucks will be serving the goods!

    The Toronto Food Truck Festival is part of Canadian Food Truck Festivals. They also host the Burlington Food Truck Festival, the Pickering Food Truck Festival and the Brampton Food Truck Festival. All 4 festivals feature live music and up to 50 food trucks in beautiful green parks.

    2. Halifax Seaport Cider and BeerFest

    From Friday, August 9th through Saturday, August 10th, don't miss Halifax Seaport Cider and BeerFest.  It's heralded as one of the top beer fests in the entire nation! This event is alcohol-focused, so entrance is restricted to visitors age 19 years and older. No pets or children are allowed. 2019 marks the 13th annual event. Attendees can wander through while they sample sips of over 300 craft beers, premium imports, seasonal drinks and ciders from around the world. The festival takes place inside beautiful Pier 23 Cunard Centre. To ensure you don't get too sloshed, there will also be amazing food trucks onsite and a 400’ waterfront patio to relax on. This is your chance to sample more award-winning and specialty beers and ciders than you can purchase. If you don't drink, but still want to attend, for $12 you can gain admission to the event and partake of several non-alcoholic drinks! Being the designated driver has never been sweeter.

    3. Saskatoon Ex

    The Saskatoon Ex is Saskatchewan’s biggest summer event. It features a ton of quality live entertainment, shopping, amusement rides and delicious food. You'll be one of hundreds of thousands of people to attend, play, eat, drink and shop. Browse the wares of countless vendors while you nibble on cotton candy or brave the Midway rides. However you spin it, you'll have a ball! The ex mainstage will feature performances from some amazing bands like Sum 41 and Simple Plan. Don’t miss out -- it’s on from noon to midnight daily from Tuesday, August 6th to Sunday, August 11th at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon.

    4. Taste of Calgary

    Taste of Calgary offers a true (and affordable) taste of the city's cuisine. Attend to sample the food of the city's restaurants, beverages, music and more. Calgary is home to many excellent purveyors of global cuisine. Whether you're up for an exotic light lunch or a filling dinner, this event is sure to crush your cravings daily, from 11 am to 10 pm, from Thursday, August 8th to Sunday, August 11th, 2019 in downtown Calgary at Eau Claire Market Plaza. If you're going to go, be sure to arm yourself with a ton of sampling tickets (available for just $1 each at the festival) -- use them to sample any of the food or beverage menu items on offer. Admission to the festival is free and includes access to performances from some of Calgary's best musical acts.

    5. Gordon Food Service Show Winnipeg (GFS Winnipeg)

    Are you in the food business? If your business is a mashup of food, people, and entertaining, you have to attend the Gordon Food Service Show in Winnipeg! For more than a century, Gordon Foods has partnered with restaurants, organizations like universities, healthcare facilities, hotels, stadiums and more to offer a collection of products and tools. This is your chance to browse and sample to your heart’s content! Register now, the event is set to take place at RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg on September 16th from 3 pm to 8 pm.

    Timbercreek hopes you found these hot tips on the top summer food festivals and events across Canada helpful! Maybe we’ll see you there!

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

  • The Tastiest Toronto Food Festivals This Summer

    Jul 30, 2019

    Toronto is an amazing place to be in the summer -- especially if you love food. To help you dig in, Timbercreek Communities has rounded up 5 of the tastiest food festivals happening in the city this summer. Don't miss these great events!

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    Pizza Fest Toronto

    Get ready for the biggest pizza party in the city! Pizza Fest Toronto takes over Toronto Island from July 19th to 21st. It’s the perfect place to try pizzas from some of the best restaurants in Toronto. Vendors will also serve pastas, meatball sandwiches, wine and cocktails (including Aperol Spritz and Limoncello). Plus, you can hang out and enjoy live music, bocce ball, pizza-making classes and more!

    The Rose Picnic

    This is one picnic you won’t want to miss! Spend your afternoon at the beautiful Stanley Barracks and sip on some of the best rosé from Ontario and beyond. There will be music all day long and gourmet chefs serving delicious food. The Rose Picnic is happening on August 11th rom 12 pm to 11 pm.

    Taste of the Middle East

    Celebrate food and culture at this year’s Taste of the Middle East! It’s your chance to sample authentic middle eastern food, experience traditional music and dance and purchase beautiful jewellery and art. There will be a giant Souk (a traditional market) in the middle of Dundas Square where you can take a coffee break, shop or have your fortune told. Attending the festival is also a great way to give back. Taste of the Middle East is partnering up with Second Harvest, the largest food rescue charity in Canada. Be sure to check it out on July 27th.

    Summerlicious

    Summerlicious is the perfect festival if you want to sample food from a variety of restaurants in Toronto. Each place will have a three-course lunch and dinner prix fixe menu ranging from $23-$53. Summerlicious is a good opportunity to try something new and discover your new favourite restaurants. Make sure to reserve a table ahead of time as most of the popular restaurants book up fast.

    Toronto Food Truck Festival

    Good food, cold beer and live music is what you should expect at the Toronto Food Truck Festival this year. Spend the day at Woodbine Park sampling anything from pizzas to perogies, listening to live music and watching eating challenges. The festival is on from August 2nd to 5th and it’s free!

    With all these amazing food festival options to explore, it’s going to be an incredible summer! Timbercreek hopes you have a chance to check out at least one.

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

  • Property Highlight - 100, 120 & 170 Old Carriage Drive - Adanac Crossing

    Jul 26, 2019

    Looking for a new home in Kitchener? Adanac Crossing (100, 120 & 170 Old Carriage Drive) might be the perfect community for you! It's the ideal rental property for Kitchener residents who are looking for premium student living and convenience.

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    Your Home

    Located in Pioneer Park, this high-rise property has beautiful landscaped grounds and is nestled in a great neighbourhood that has a good mix of everything. The apartments units are large with bright windows. The building is pet-friendly, has a fenced dog-run, and has parking available. There’s also convenient onsite laundry services and onsite management to put your mind at ease.

    Whether you’re a social butterfly or a wallflower, you’ll love it here. The complex is a wonderful place to entertain friends and family, study or just hang out.

    Your Neighbourhood

    Adanac Crossing is located just a short drive from downtown Kitchener, in Pioneer Park. The location is incredible for anyone looking to be near transit, shopping and entertainment.

    With easy access to the 401, as well as public transit, you’ll be able to get around effortlessly. It’s also a short walk from Fairview Park Mall, Pioneer Park Plaza and Conestoga College.

    You’ll love it here if you like nature as there are many hiking and biking trails to explore nearby. You can also easily pay a visit to Homer Watson Park and Schneider Creek -- perfect for walks with or without your dog. If you’re looking for a quick place to eat out, you can find Tim Hortons, Pizza Pizza and Dairy Queen just a short walk away. There is also a good sushi restaurant, Bento Sushi, located only a 3-minute drive away! You’re also  very close to a Zehr’s and Shoppers Drug Mart, so grocery shopping and access to a drugstore couldn’t be more convenient.

    What are you waiting for? We know you’ll love Adanac Crossing! We hope you’ll make it your new home this year. For more information, please visit our website or call 587.355.9273 to request a viewing appointment.

  • How To Create More Living Spaces For Your Cat

    Jul 23, 2019

    Whether you live in a big house or a small apartment, your cat will want to run around and explore. Timbercreek Communities has a few suggestions for how you can make more living spaces for your cat.

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    Hammock

    You probably already know that hammocks are the ultimate relaxation items -- it’s no wonder people love them. But did you know that cats love them, too?! Create the perfect cat hammock to spoil your feline friend. By adding a piece of fabric underneath a side table or coffee table, you can make a hanging hammock and the perfect little nook for your cat. Another option is to use an old chair or table, flip it upside down and make a free standing hammock using the table as the base. Your cat will love their new lounge area!

    Window Seat

    Almost every cat loves hanging out by a window and with just a few shelves, shelf brackets and screws, you can build the perfect window seat for them. Pick a window that has wall space underneath it and screw the shelves to the wall. Another great option is to buy a sunny seat for your cat. All you have to do is mount it to the window. Now sit back, relax and let your cat enjoy the view.

    Screens

    Cats are very curious animals and sometimes they’ll find the most random things to play with. Curtains are a perfect example. They like to hide behind them, run through them and even take a nap underneath them. You can make screens with a couple of pieces of fabric and a small rod, which can serve as a quiet spot for your kitty as well as a way to hide clutter. Consider adding the curtains to a small bookshelf or open shelving unit.

    Wall Shelves

    Another way to spoil your feline friend is to create a few wall shelves specifically for your cat. Instead of a traditional cat tree, which can be bulky, a couple of shelves can be a better option -- especially in a small space. Try the Cat Cloud. It’s a good option if you want something minimal, heavy duty and easy to install. The design works with any decor style and we know your cat will love it.

    Timbercreek hopes these suggestions inspired you to create a better living space for your cat. From hammocks to wall shelves, there’s at least one option your cat will love. To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Fun Summer Staycation Ideas

    Jul 19, 2019

    You don’t have to travel somewhere exotic to have an amazing vacation. There’s plenty of things you can do in your hometown and you won’t have to spend all that money on travelling to a faraway place. Timbercreek Communities has four great staycation ideas for summer.

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    Set Up Your Own Water Park

    Why go to a water park when you can set up your own in your backyard or in a park? All you need is squirt guns, water balloons and maybe some buckets of water. You can set up teams and add a little bit of friendly competition and play water balloon dodgeball or freeze water gun tag. You can also grab a Bunch o Balloons - a pack of 100 balloons that you can fill with water in 60 seconds.

    Neighbourhood BBQ

    Planning or attending a neighbourhood BBQ is another great way to enjoy your time off. If you’re the one organizing it, be sure to bring lots of food to the event. Pick up some food items that are easy to grill (burgers and hot dogs are a safe bet), condiments, and whatever else you might need. Invite your neighbours and some close friends and enjoy a relaxing summer day. A neighbourhood BBQ is a great opportunity to kick back and socialize with your friends and meet new people in your area. Plus, if you have kids, they’ll love being outside. If you’re an apartment dweller, you could potentially host a resident BBQ party in the BBQ area of your complex.

    Be a Hometown Tourist

    This is your chance to rediscover your hometown! Most people don’t spend much time exploring their own city, so this is the perfect opportunity to do so. Plus, it won’t cost you very much. Pick five spots in your city that you’ve never been to before and start exploring. Visit a new-to-you neighbourhood and see what it has to offer. Another idea is to check out a museum or an art gallery, or simply try a new restaurant. The options are endless!

    Get active

    A staycation is about more than just staying at home. It’s an opportunity to get out, get active and enjoy the great outdoors. There are so many things you can do -- including playing sports in a nearby park. Whether you love to play baseball, soccer or basketball, you can play almost anywhere. You’ll just need some equipment, if you don’t already have it. The other option is to try something new. How about rock climbing, kayaking or yoga in the park?

    Camp Out

    Camping is always fun, but who said you have to drive to a campsite? You can set up your camp right in your backyard or even in your apartment’s living room. If you have a firepit, roast some marshmallows and make smores, or melt them in the microwave if you’re camping out indoors. Grab a flashlight and tell scary stories in your tent or stargaze at night. This is a great bonding activity for the whole family and you don’t have to go anywhere!

    Timbercreek hopes these fun summer staycation suggestions have inspired you to take your next vacation right here at home. We hope you have a great staycation with your family! To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.
  • Our Favourite IKEA DIY Hacks

    Jul 17, 2019

    Sometimes we need a bit of inspiration when it comes to DIY projects. Timbercreek Communities has a few amazing IKEA hacks that will save you money and make your home look even more beautiful and stylish.

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    Kitchen Island

    Installing a kitchen island can be really expensive, but there’s a way around it. All you need is a shelf unit, two bamboo cutting boards and four castors. Just attach the castors to the bottom of the shelf, then glue the boards on the opposite side. It’s really that simple. If you want to add rails to the side to hold kitchen towels, you can do so. You’ll love this DIY kitchen island project especially if you have a small space. The finished product won’t take up a lot of space but will still serve its purpose.

    Shoe Storage

    When’s the last time you organized your shoes neatly together in one place? Build functional shoe storage with this Ikea shoe cabinet without spending a fortune. To begin your project you’re going to need cabinet faces (without the hardware), spray adhesive, spray mod podge, decorative paper, drawer knobs and some scissors. Use the spray adhesive to cover the cabinets and drape the decorative paper on top and cut off any extra paper. To protect the surface, and seal the paper, spray on some modge podge. Attach the hardware and put your shoe cabinet together!

    Modern Terrarium

    Add some life to your apartment with a terrarium. Not only are they stylish, but these mini greenhouses are low maintenance and easy to make. You’ll need potting soil, charcoal and a container to keep the plants in. An Ikea lantern works perfectly because it’s mostly glass and it’s only $7! Succulents, cacti and air plants are the best plants to use since they have similar light and water requirements.

    Chic Vanity

    When it comes to building your own vanity, you just need the right tools. For a very minimal look, use a EKBY Alex shelf from Ikea and a pair of wooden legs. Once you attach them together and to the wall, you can complete the look with a small bench or chair and a mirror. If you want to go a step further, add a chic throw on the bench to make it feel extra cozy.

    Timbercreek hopes you enjoyed these easy and wonderful Ikea hacks! To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

     

  • Cottage clothing essentials | What to pack this summer

    Jul 12, 2019

    Packing for the cottage can be a daunting process. You don’t want to overpack or underpack. Timbercreek Communities has a few suggestions for which clothing items you absolutely want to bring with you this summer.

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    Chic and Practical Pair of Sandals

    There’s nothing worse than forgetting to bring something when you’re on vacation -- especially shoes! It’s safe to say that when you’re at a cottage, you’re going to want a pair of casual sandals. You'll spend most of your time in them, after all. Having something a little more chic is a good idea, too -- especially if you’re thinking about going out for a nice dinner. Also, keep in mind that you probably won’t need more than two pairs -- unless you are staying for an extended period of time -- so don’t overpack!

    Sunglasses

    Make sure you don’t forget your sunglasses! Sure, you can probably pick up a cheap pair somewhere if you're desperate, but why spend money when you don’t have to? By planning ahead, you can avoid situations like this. Keep your favourite pair of sunglasses in your purse and pack a second pair in your luggage. This way, if you happen to lose or break one pair, you always have a backup.

    Long Sleeve Shirt Or A Light Jacket

    Don’t be fooled by warm summer nights in the city -- a cottage is usually much cooler at night, so having a long sleeve shirt or light jacket is essential. Plus, if you are on a lake, the temperatures can drop significantly in the evening and stay cool until the late morning. One long-sleeved shirt or jacket should be enough to get you through.

    Slippers Or Outdoor Moccasins

    No matter the season, a good pair of slippers or moccasins is always a good idea at the cottage. They’ll keep your feet warm in the chilly evenings, plus they can be stylish and very cozy.

    Maxi Dress

    Just because you are at the cottage doesn’t mean you don’t want to look cute. Packing a maxi dress or two is perfect for a few reasons. They are comfortable, versatile and look great! You can also dress them up or down, so they are perfect for any occasion! Check out Gap or Old Navy for some great maxi dress selections.

    Happy cottaging from Timbercreek! We hope these suggestions help you with your packing this summer!

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

  • Top Investment Pieces To Buy In Your 20's

    Jul 09, 2019

    When you’re young, it often feels like you can’t splurge on everything, or nearly anything for that matter. That being said, there are a few great pieces that are worth spending a few extra bucks on. Timbercreek Communities has a few suggestions for the top investment pieces to buy in your 20’s.

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    Neutral Wool Coat

    A neutral wool coat is an essential wardrobe staple that everyone should invest in. It’s classic, stylish and goes well with just about any outfit. Stick with colours like black, grey, navy or camel since they match with pretty much everything. You can also choose a style that’s form-fitting or oversized. If you plan on layering underneath, you might want to choose an oversized coat which will be more comfortable with all those extra pieces. It’s a wise investment because a wool coat will keep you warm and chic!

    Professional Bag For Work

    When it comes to a professional work bag, there’s a few things to consider. First of all, it should be practical. It should have enough space for everything you need without looking completely stuffed. A simple tote is often the best way to go. Second of all, look for a bag that has different compartments and a few extra pockets. This will come in very handy when you want to separate your laptop from your gym clothes. Ideally, the perfect work bag is versatile and can be worn in multiple ways -- as a tote, over-the-shoulder, etc. And if you can get your hands on a water-resistant bag, even better!

    A rainy day trench coat

    Invest in a good trench coat that’s useful and attractive. It will come in handy often --  especially on rainy days. Is there anything worse than being stuck somewhere in a wet coat without an umbrella? Probably not. The next time you get caught in the rain, you’ll be glad you chose to spend a few extra dollars on a trench coat that’s waterproof. Look for coats that fit well, are flattering, and ideally for something that has a hood. J.Crew and Lolë have some great, stylish and functional options. You also want the coat to be warm, so a fleece-lined coat might be a good option. This raincoat from Mark’s is another good choice. Not only does it look cute and feminine with the string around the waist, but it will keep you dry and looking chic as well.

    A timeless watch

    Whether you’re male or female, a timeless watch is the perfect accessory. It’s worth paying a little more for a quality watch to get something that you absolutely love. Not only will you use it to tell time, but a watch makes a great fashion accessory. If you pick something neutral you can wear it with anything. For a minimal and classic design, Cluse or Fossil watches are perfect and they carry pieces for men and women.

    An Understated Heel for Black-Tie events

    Whether you’re going to a wedding or a work event, having a classic pair of understated heals in your closet is crucial. You’ll be glad to have a pair on hand -- especially when a last-minute event comes up. A kitten heel is a great option if you really don’t like anything high, plus they are comfortable enough for a casual outing or a fancy wedding. A sandal heel is another alternative. Think of them as a slightly dressier version of a regular sandal with a bit of a heel. They are also perfect for dressing up any outfit, like a t-shirt and jeans or a summer dress.

    Happy shopping from Timbercreek! We hope you found these investment suggestions helpful. To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Canada Day Potluck Ideas

    Jun 26, 2019

    Canada Day is always a fun celebration, and chances are, you’re going to be invited to at least one party this year. You don’t want to be that person that arrives empty-handed, so being prepared is key. Timbercreek Communities has a few delicious recipes that you can make for a potluck this year!

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    Great Canadian Poutine

    For Canada Day, you can’t go wrong with Poutine. It’s classic, traditional and everyone loves it! For this recipe, you’re going to start by placing the cut potatoes in a bowl, covering them with water or beer. Let it sit in the fridge for a few hours. While you wait, make the gravy. In a saucepan, heat the butter, then add flour, shallots and garlic and let it cook for a few minutes. Next you’re going to add beef stock, ketchup, stout beer, balsamic vinegar, worcestershire, and a pinch of salt and pepper and bring it to a boil. Once the gravy is thick, lower the heat to the lowest setting and let it sit while you make the fries. Once the potatoes are fried and golden, place them into bowls and sprinkle with salt. Add cheese curds to each bowl and cover the fries with the hot gravy. Now you’re ready to celebrate!

    Grilled Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus

    This Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus recipe is the easiest appetizer anyone could make even though it might look super fancy. It only requires two ingredients and takes only 15 minutes to make. You’re going to need 1 pound of asparagus, 6 ounces of sliced prosciutto and 1 tbsp of olive oil. Wrap each prosciutto slice around the asparagus at an angle, until you cover the whole thing. Heat the olive oil in a pan and cook the asparagus for 2-3 minutes or until it’s tender. And there you have it - the perfect appetizer!

    Nacho Cups

    If you want to make a memorable appetizer, try these Nacho Cups. Start by mixing 1 can of refried beans and 1 package of taco seasoning in a bowl. Now you’re going to start layering everything in the cups in this order: beans, sour cream, guacamole, salsa or pico de gallo, cheese, tomatoes, green onions and olives. Use 2 tbsp of each food item per layer. Once that’s done, garnish each cup with a tortilla chip and store in the fridge until it’s ready to serve. The best part is that there’s no mess or double dipping!

    Canada Day Firecracker Pasta Salad

    Stand out and impress everyone with this Firecracker Pasta Salad. To achieve the red and white colours, seperate ½ a box of pre-cooked bowtie pasta into a ziploc bag and add 20 drops of red food colouring. Shake it around until the colour is well distributed. Now mix all the pasta together and add the rest of the ingredients which include: onion, beans, tomatoes, mozzarella, chorizo/pepperoni, sriracha sauce and italian salad dressing. Mix everything lightly, but don’t overdo it as the dye can run all over. You can refrigerate it until you’re ready for the party and garnish it with parmesan cheese. Yum!

    Red And White Fruit Kabobs

    For a quick and easy dessert, give these Red and White Fruit Kabobs a try. Let’s start with the best part: the dip. To make it cheesecake flavoured, mix greek yogurt, cream cheese, vanilla and sugar and set aside. For the skewers, you’ll need 14 oz angel food cake cut into 1-inch cubes and 72-84 strawberries and 24-28 skewers. Wash the strawberries and start adding everything to the skewers, alternating between the cake pieces and the strawberries. Finally, place them on a plate and store in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.

    Timbercreek hopes you have an amazing Canada Day celebration and that you enjoy at least one of these recipes. To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.


     
  • Unique BBQ Eats to Try This Spring and Summer

    Jun 20, 2019

    It’s the best time of the year: BBQ season! Timbercreek Communities has a few unique recipes for you to try at home this spring and summer.

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    1. Honey & Beer glazed BBQ chicken

    There’s something special about bbq chicken -- it tastes amazing! This delicious Honey and Beer Glazed Chicken recipe might just be one of your new favourites. It’s perfect for a busy weeknight or a weekend with friends. If you want the chicken to taste incredible, the best thing to do is to let it marinate overnight. If you don’t have that much time, a few hours will do just fine. Start by cutting 1 ½ lbs of chicken breast into cubes and set aside. To make the marinade, you’ll need to mix ¾ cup beer, ⅓ cup honey, ¼ cup soy sauce, 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp dijon mustard, 3 cloves of minced garlic and some red pepper flakes. Mix everything all together in a sealed container and let it sit, refrigerated, overnight. When it’s ready, toss it on the bbq and garnish it with cilantro.

    2. Grilled Sweet Potatoes

    Sweet potatoes are a nice alternative to regular potatoes. A great way to prepare them is to grill them. All you have to do is peel them and slice them into ¼ inch slices and cover them with some olive oil and salt. Place them onto the grill and cook for up to 6 minutes per side. Make the dressing by combining ¼ cup of cilantro, 1 tsp of lemon zest, 2 tbsp lemon juice, ¼ cup of olive oil and a pinch of salt. Once the potatoes are ready, mix them into the dressing and serve!

    3. Smoked Tofu Burnt Ends

    If you’ve been searching for a vegetarian/vegan friendly BBQ recipe, you have to try Smoked Tofu Burnt Ends. They are full of flavour and a good meat substitute. You’re going to need 1 12-16 oz block of tofu, 1 tbsp of mustard, 3 tbsp of BBQ dry rub and ¼ cup BBQ sauce. Start by cutting the tofu into cubes and cover the pieces with the mustard. Next, cover the tofu completely with the dry rub and place the cubes onto the grill and smoke for 1.5 hours at 250 degrees. Flip them ever so often and once they are nice and golden, remove them and cover in BBQ sauce. Place the tofu cubes back on the grill and cook for another 15 minutes. Once they’re ready, just serve and enjoy!

    4. Steak and Potato Skewers

    Take your grilling to the next level with this Steak and Potato Skewer recipe. It’s savoury and delicious and it will leave you wanting more. Marinate the steak overnight for maximum flavour. Striploin steak is the best option since it’s very tender. For the marinade, you’ll need to combine brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt and pepper in a ziploc bag. Add the cubes of steak and shuffle everything around. When you’re ready to cook, start by preheating the grill to 400 degrees. While you wait, add the potatoes to your skewers and cook them in the microwave for 4 minutes until they are somewhat soft. If they’re ready, toss them in a bowl of canola oil, salt and pepper and mix. Once the potatoes are cool enough to handle, make the skewers by alternating between steak cubes and potatoes. Place them on the grill, cover with BBQ sauce and cook for 5 minutes. Enjoy this sweet and smoky dish with your family and friends!

    5. Grilled Pizzas

    Let’s be honest -- pizza is always a good idea! With this Grilled Pizza recipe, you’re in for a real treat. You only need the following 3 ingredients: 1 batch of dough, olive oil and the pizza toppings of your choice. When you’re ready, set the grill to 450 degrees, roll out the dough and brush some olive oil on it. Place the dough on the grill crates and bake for a few minutes until it turns golden brown and puffy. Remove it from the grill, flip over and add your favourite toppings. Place it back onto the grill and bake for another few minutes. You can make one big pizza or 6-8 mini ones -- which is a great option if you want to try different toppings. The end result is a delicious crispy pizza with a smoky flavour. Yum!

    Timbercreek Communities hopes you enjoy these unique BBQ recipes. Not only are they great for busy weeknights, but they are perfect for small parties and events. So what are you waiting for? Start grilling!

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

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