• Spring Events Across Canada

    May 02, 2019

    Spring means festival season is starting and there’s so many great events to get excited about. Timbercreek Communities has a few suggestions for fun events happening across Canada to discover. Add them to your calendar,  you won't want to miss them!

    iStock-937536954

    Canadian Tulip Festival

    Nothing says spring like fresh tulips! If you have the chance, check out the annual Canadian Tulip Festival in Ottawa. You can see millions of tulips, enjoy live music and see artists working away on their crafts. The festival is a celebration of international friendship between Canada and the Netherlands after WWII and it will take place from May 10th to 20th. It’s also free of charge! Don’t miss the fireworks show to celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday on May 19th at 8 pm.

    Spring Beerfest TO

    Looking for a beer festival? Look no further! Spring Beerfest is coming up in Toronto on May 18th and 19th. If you like cold beer, yummy food, great music and games, there’s really no better place to enjoy the Victoria Day weekend. The event will be held at Fort York: Garrison Common and costs just $24. Your ticket includes general admission and a commemorative mug.

    Sip and Sizzle

    There’s no better way to welcome Spring than with refreshing wine and delicious food. At the Sip and Sizzle event in Niagara-on-the-Lake, you can do just that. Visit over 20 wineries and try amazing grilled food and wine pairings. It’s the perfect way to discover new wines, go for a winery-hop and just hang out and relax. Tickets are available for $55 and valid for one of four weekends in May.

    Canadian Music Week

    Get ready for a week full of incredible music! Canadian Music Week is one of the most well-known entertainment events in North America. It features a music festival, film festival, award shows and an industry conference. At this year’s event, you’ll have the chance to see music legends from around the world, as well as new and emerging artists. If this sounds like something you don’t want to miss, you can purchase individual show tickets or buy the Explorer Wristband, which grants you access to all of the shows for only $50. Canadian Music Week kicks off on May 6th in Toronto!

    Timbercreek hopes these Canadian events get you excited for spring! 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.

    iStock-937016542

    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.

    iStock-506518544

    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.

  • Weekend Getaways From Toronto

    Apr 11, 2019

    Sooner or later, we all need a break from our busy lives, and weekend getaways are the perfect mini vacations that allow you to recharge your batteries. To help you plan the perfect getaway, Timbercreek Communities has some ideas for fun weekend trips from Toronto.

    shutterstock_103435076

    Wine Weekend

    Plan a weekend trip to Niagara on the Lake or Prince Edward County. These areas are known for great Ontario wines, beautiful wineries and charm. Niagara on the Lake is a 1.5-hour drive from Toronto, making it ideal for a weekend getaway or even a day trip. Spend some time exploring the Heritage District, where you’ll find all kinds of shops, restaurants and cafes. Next, visit some wineries (there are many to choose from), do wine tastings and even grab a bite to eat. To find a winery best suited to your taste, download the Niagara On the Lake Winery Map. Keep an eye out for upcoming events like the Shaw Festival and Sip and Sizzle.

    Prince Edward County is a bit further away from Toronto (about 2.5 hours by car) but it’s worth the drive. Choose between Wellington, Bloomfield or Picton when looking for accomodation. To choose, decide which wineries you’d like to visit in the area. Even though they are all pretty close to each other, Bloomfield is the most central. A great way to spend your weekend in Prince Edward County is to rent a bicycle and hop from one winery to the next. To plan your wine tour, check out the PEC Wineries Map.

    Camping and Glamping

    When planning your weekend getaway, consider camping in an Ontario Park. It’s a great way to recharge and reconnect with nature. There are many campsites available, but if you want to reserve a popular site be sure to book early. If you’re not much of a camper, but still enjoy the wilderness, glamping (luxury camping), might be your thing. Check out the Ontario Parks website for yurts (roofed accommodation) or book a fancy tent at Whispering Springs for an incredible glamping experience.

    Spa getaway

    There’s no better way to relax and alleviate stress then to visit a spa. Just 2 hours away from the city is the popular Scandinave Spa, which is surrounded by nature and is known for its specialty treatments and outdoor hot and cold baths. Another great option is St.Anne’s Spa, located 1.5 hours from Toronto. It's known for its traditional spa treatments and excellent service ans it’s one of the best spas in Ontario. In case you’re looking for something closer to the city, The Millcroft Inn and Spa is only 1 hour away. You can visit any time of the year, but if you want to enjoy the lush, picturesque surroundings then summertime is best.

    Winter Resorts

    Escaping to a winter resort is the perfect way to unwind in the colder months. It doesn’t have to be all about winter sports either. At Deerhurst Resort, you can enjoy spa facilities, gourmet food and a cozy atmosphere. Located 2 hours away from Toronto, the Deerhurst Resort is also close to Arrowhead Provincial Park -- a great spot for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and skating in the forest! There’s also Blue Mountain Resort, which is a safe bet if you’re looking for some good skiing and snowboarding. In addition to fun winter sports, Blue Mountain Village has a lot to offer -- from bars and restaurants, to the famous Scandinave Spa.

    Don’t delay your winter weekend getaway plans! Timbercreek Communities hopes these getaway ideas have inspired you to start planning a relaxing weekend away.

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

  • Respect Your Neighbours: 6 Tips for living with pets

    Apr 02, 2019

    Having a pet doesn’t mean that your place has to be chaotic or smell like them. Keeping your home smelling fresh and looking clean will make your friends and neighbours happy. Timbercreek Communities has 6 tips on how to get rid of unpleasant smells when living with pets.

    iStock-674102774

    A Good Vacuum

    Buy a good vacuum. It doesn’t have to be expensive, but it should be strong enough to suck up all that cat or dog hair that's undoubtedly lying around your apartment. Try this Cordless Handheld Vacuum or something a little more heavy duty like the Bissel Pet Rewind. You should vacuum regularly, and that includes vacuuming your furniture -- especially if your pets love to take naps there. For a deep clean, wash all the covers regularly to kill all the bacteria.

    Self-Cleaning Litter Box

    Cleaning your pet’s litter box can be a hassle. To make your life easier, invest in a self-cleaning litter box. One litter tray can last up to 30 days and there is no scooping required. All you have to do is empty the tray. It also comes with special litter crystals which control odour better by absorbing the liquids faster.

    Designated Spot

    Create a special spot for your dog to hang out. By designating an area just for them, you can focus on one area when it comes time to clean up and deodorize. The easiest way to do this is to purchase a doggy bed. Something soft and cozy will be perfect and your dog will love it. You can also set boundaries by using a baby gate, which can be folded and moved around wherever you want.

    A Relaxing Environment

    Your neighbors will appreciate you keeping your pets happy and well behaved when they’re home. To pull it off, creating a relaxing environment is important. First of all, make sure they always have easy access to water and food. Secondly, designate a spot for your pet where they can get a good view of their surroundings. Knowing where you are can be comforting. And finally, don’t forget playtime -- especially if your pets spend most of their time indoors.

    Exercise

    This might seem obvious, but pets need plenty of exercise. Some of them, like dogs, have a lot of energy and they need to be exhausted each day so that they can come home from their walk or playtime and just relax. This usually requires taking them out for longer and more frequent walks. If you can manage it, you won’t have an anxious pet with unwelcome behaviour patterns.

    Living with pets doesn’t have to be messy or a lot of work. By putting these 6 tips into practice, Timbercreek Communities hopes you can live in harmony with your pet and create a comfortable and clean home that both you and your neighbours will appreciate.

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

    https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/tips-for-living-in-a-small-space-with-pets-aka-dont-be-the-smelly-house-friend-189466

  • DIY: Alternative Storage Hacks

    Mar 29, 2019

    Storage space is an issue for most people today, but it can be especially problematic if you live in an apartment or a condo. If you’re looking for ways to organize your home, Timbercreek Communities has the best DIY storage hacks to try.

    iStock-871012118

    Clothing Rack or Hanging Closet

    If you’re someone who has very little closet space, a clothing rack might be the solution. It’s a simple way to keep your clothes tidy, without actually installing a new closet. Plus it looks sleek and stylish, too. Buy a clothing rack to hang your clothes and add a bottom shelf or bins to store your shoes or purses. Another option would be to create a hanging closet. Something like a wooden or copper pipe works well and looks stylish. Check out this DIY Hanging Copper Pipe Clothing Rack tutorial for a list of supplies and instructions to make one yourself.

    Headboards and Bed Frames with Storage

    A headboard doesn’t have to be just a decor element. If you’re in need of storage, you can create a headboard to store all kinds of stuff. Add wooden shelves to store books, plants, electronics and even baskets filled with other items. You can also invest in a bedframe with drawers -- which is an excellent way to store out-of-season clothes, linens and blankets.

    Cork Wall for Jewellery

    Keeping jewellery in boxes can be a bit of a nightmare. Everything sticks together, leaving you frustrated. A simple solution to this problem is a cork wall. It's a great way to display your accessories in a neat and organized way. Grab the size that fits your wall and add hooked tacks or push pins to hang all your jewellery. Organize everything by length, keeping earrings at the top, bracelets in the middle and necklaces at the bottom.

    Drawer Organizers

    An easy way to keep your drawers organized is with drawer inserts. Not only are they great for organizing cutlery, but they can be even better for organizing and storing random items like hair ties, sunglasses and pens. To sort and store things like socks and underwear, try fabric dividers which will keep everything neat and tidy and require no assembling.

    Shelf As A Nightstand

    Installing a shelf beside your bed is a great alternative to a traditional nightstand. It doesn’t require much work and it’s the perfect place to keep your book, phone and lamp. The best part is that you can use the space underneath it for other things, such as baskets or even a plant.

    There’s no need to struggle to stay organized anymore. Timbercreek Communities hopes these DIY storage hacks help you create a cleaner and more spacious home.

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

    Sources:

    https://homemadely.com/organization/diy-clothing-rack/

    https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/hanging-closet-organizer-options-to-buy-or-diy-237304

    https://abeautifulmess.com/2015/01/hanging-copper-pipe-clothing-rack-diy.html

    https://www.thechillydog.com/2016/05/diy-cork-board-jewelry-organizer.html

    https://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/organizing/organizing-ideas-drawers?slide=82335#82335

     

  • Property Highlight - Le 2050

    Mar 22, 2019

    Le 2050 (2050 Boul. de Maisonneuve O) is the ideal rental property for Montreal residents who want a comfortable, chic and affordable home. Its downtown location is great for anyone who wants to be walking distance to all the action that Montreal has to offer.

    DSC_6714_5_6_7_8

    Your Home

    Located in the heart of downtown Montreal, this exciting neighbourhood has it all. You’ll fall in love with the two-bedroom, open concept suites at Le 2050. They are spacious and offer roomy living areas. It's easy to enjoy the large kitchen and dining area – perfect for hosting dinner parties! If you’re looking for a place to relax, check out the indoor swimming pool and sauna which you can use all year round. Living at Le 2050, you also have access to your own private balcony, plenty of storage, plus access to the rooftop terrace which boasts spectacular panoramic views of the city!

    Your Neighbourhood

    Le 2050 is located right in downtown Montreal. It's just steps away from St.Catherine’s Street, which is packed with chic shops and a wide variety of restaurants. Getting around town is easy as you'll be located right by Atwater metro station. In a quick 10-minute drive you can visit The Atwater Market which boasts a diverse mix of specialty shops and lots of fresh produce from local vendors. If you’re looking for a good place to eat out, look no further. This neighbourhood has a great selection of sit-down and fast-food restaurants. Check out Kampai Garden for a good meal and fancy cocktails, or go for something more low-key like Three Amigos or Granadara. From easy transportation access to cool bars and top-notch restaurants, you’ll love calling Le 2050 your new home.

     

    What are you waiting for? Le 2050 is calling your name! For more information, please visit our website or call 587.355.9273 to request a viewing appointment.

  • 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.

    iStock-860026186

    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.

  • Freshen Up Your Apartment For Spring

    Mar 14, 2019

    Winter is almost behind us and with spring just around the corner, it’s time to think about giving your space a new look and feel. Timbercreek Communities wants to help you fall in love with your home all over again.  Here are a few quick and easy ways to freshen up your apartment.

    iStock-954339178

    Greenery

    Adding lush green plants is one of the easiest ways to get your space ready for spring. It will not only brighten up your apartment, but your mood as well. Ikea sells a good selection of indoor plants -- including the majesty palm, aloe vera and the snake plant -- at affordable prices. In addition to their visual appeal, plants have health benefits too such as purifying the air and reducing stress.

    Coral

    Coral is a great and refreshing colour for Spring.  Adding it to your home is a simple way to add warmth and comfort, while keeping it stylish and modern. Think about adding a coral accent rug or throw to brighten up a room, or incorporate a corap coloured piece of furniture for a statement piece. Another option is to add coral artwork to your home. Check out Wayfair for some beautiful prints and paintings.

    Sunbaked Colours

    Adding warm, summer colours is a great idea for the spring season. Think pinks, oranges and reds -- colours that remind you of sunsets and the desert. Terracotta is one way to make your space feel cozy and warm. Whether you decide to add a few terracotta plant pots or terracotta-toned accent furniture or home accessories, terracotta shades will always look modern and elegant. Try incorporating items that are blue, grey and muted pink as they'll complement terracotta well.

    Art Deco

    With subtle hints of Mediterranean and African culture, mixed with geometric patterns and bright colours, it’s no wonder why Art Deco has never gone out of style. To get this look, think of African prints, ornate furniture and geometric shapes. You can also incorporate high contrast colours and interesting wall art to really get that Art Deco appeal.

    Monochrome

    The black-and-white trend never gets old. It’s classic and sophisticated. While back and white always looks right, it can get a little overwhelming. If your space is filled with it, you can make it look more interesting by incorporating tones and shades of the same colour, plus different textures and metallics. Add some accent colours, like yellow or green to really make everything pop. Throw in some wooden elements or antique furniture to add warmth.

    Timbercreek hopes these spring home decor suggestions will help you freshen up your home for the coming season.

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

  • Spring Fashion Trends

    Mar 12, 2019

    A new year means new fashion trends and this spring there's virtually a trend for everyone. From crochet and feathers to low-key outfits, you’re going to see a wide range of diverse looks everywhere. Timbercreek Communities wants you to look your best in 2019 with these exciting new fashion trends.

    iStock-937536954

    Crochet

    Crochet is making a big comeback this Spring. Get ready to see crochet purses, dresses, tops, bathing suits and even crochet shoes. It might be an intimidating look for some, but if you pair the right items together, you can be comfortable and look trendy. Make a statement with a wide-leg pant and a fitted crochet top, or add a funky crochet bag to a simple jeans and t-shirt outfit. If you’re feeling really adventurous, try crochet from head to toe!

    Cycling Shorts

    It’s hard to believe that skin-tight, spandex shorts would ever be a hit, but they seem to be the hottest new trend for 2019. They can look great with a t-shirt for a more casual look or with a fitted high-waisted shirt for a night out. The best part is that they are comfortable. If you’d like to incorporate them into your work wardrobe, opt out for longer shorts and try pairing them with a nice blazer for a more polished look.

    Fringe and faux feathers

    There’s no better way to reveal your inner hippie than with some faux feathers and fringe! Feathers have been used in fashion for hundreds of years, so it’s no surprise that they’re back as one of the hottest trends in 2019. Whether you like over-the-top eclectic feathery outfits or subtle feather accessories, there’s something feathery for everyone to wear. Pair your feathery pieces with fringe moccasins, a fringe purse or a kimono for the perfect bohemian look

    Neon

    Whether you like it or not, neon colours are in. From fashion designers to celebrities, it seems that everyone is experimenting with bold colours -- especially in colours like tangerine, lime and lemon. Maybe you’re intimidated by neon anything, and can’t get yourself to wear such vibrant colours. Why not start small and add neon accessories such as scarfs, purses or jewellery to your wardrobe. You can also tone down a bright piece with colours such as beige and cream. When you start feeling a little more confident in bold colours, go for a neon dress or even combine two neon colours to really stand out in the crowd! Keep in mind that bright colours are not just for events and parties -- they can be great looks for the office too!

    Low Key

    Don’t dismiss earth tones just because fashionistas are embracing colour overload this season. Sometimes less is more! Top designers are using toned down, muted colours on the runways, so why shouldn’t you? The nice thing about neutral and earthy colours (such as beige, olive and brown) is that they go with everything including patterns and bright colours. Plus, these shades

    are ideal for a low-key, casual look. You can try pairing a beige top with olive green pants for a classic, laid-back look that’s absolutely effortless.

    Timbercreek hopes these hot fashion trends inspire you to look your best and try wearing something really stylish this spring. You don’t necessarily have to shop for new clothes and accessories to try these looks. Sometimes it’s just about recycling old items from your closet!

     

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

     

Recent Posts

  • Dog-friendly Parks and Beaches in Toronto

    Sep 17, 2019
    There’s nothing worse than exploring the city and coming across a park that doesn’t allow dogs. It sucks to have to leave your furry friends at home! Fortunately for you, we've found 5 parks and beaches in Toronto that are dog-friendly!
    Read More >>>
  • Montreal In September: Things To Do

    Sep 12, 2019
    Autumn is a great time in Montreal because there's always so much to do! From scenic hikes to exploring unique bars and restaurants, you won’t run out of activities. Timbercreek Communities has a few suggestions for you to try this September.
    Read More >>>
  • How To Repair and Store Your Seasonal Clothing

    Sep 09, 2019
    It's time to welcome fall into your closet! Unless you have a ton of storage space, most Canadians enjoy swapping summer clothes for fall and winter wear by mid-September. In the age of fast fashion, it's easy to forget about certain items that you've taken out of your rotation and throw away damaged ones altogether. Timbercreek Communities has some tips for how to repair and store your seasonal clothing this year -- so you can get more use out of it for years to come.
    Read More >>>
  • Three Simple On-the-go Lunch Recipes

    Sep 04, 2019
    If you’re always on the move and never seem to have time to make your lunch, we have the solution you've been searching for! These three recipes are simple to make and perfect for you to make for lunch on busy days.
    Read More >>>
  • Property Highlight - 1420 rue Crescent - Le 1420 Crescent

    Aug 26, 2019
    Read More >>>

Archives

Tags