• February Home Checklist

    Feb 12, 2018

    February is a good time to get your home in order and tackle tasks and chores that will help you keep your life and space running smoothly. To help you keep your home fresh and tidy, Timbercreek brings you this February home checklist.

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    Clean Up Your Entryway

    This time of year, the front door is a magnet for mess. Salt, snow, mud, dirt, wet, and grime all converge like the plague. Get a wet weather mat for your dirty boots, and make space in your closet for snowsuits, heavy jackets, and accessories. Then give the floor and walls in the area a decent scrub. These are the first (and last) things you see in the house, so a tidy area makes a huge difference to the feel of your space.

    Recycle E-waste

    Collect all your old devices and accessories -- phones, ipads/tablets, TVs, DVD players, cables, batteries, headphones, and adapters -- and take them to your locale e-recycling depot. While not yet a mainstream part of regular city recycling pick up, it will be soon.

    Declutter your e-self

    While not specifically a home cleaning event, everyone has a pile of digital waste. Files, emails, notes, reminders, calendars, images, documents, old receipts -- it’s endless. With no real pressure to backup aside from losing all your data, it’s a clutter-creating epidemic. Take a couple hours to delete and back stuff up.

    Clean Out Your Freezer

    Cleaning out your freezer can seem like a thankless task. While annoying to do, cleaning out and even defrosting your freezer has multiple benefits. Unused frozen food takes up tons of space. Freezer burn is real and tastes bad. Freezer frost builds up over time and can cause odors and fridge leaking, not to mention reducing freezer space. The best way to clean out this often neglected part of the fridge is to take everything out, discarding anything you won’t use, unplug, toss in a pot of boiled water, steam, defrost, wipe or scrub, and voila.

    Paint an Accent Wall

    Winter blues got you down? Inject some colour into your space and your life with an accent wall. It’s an easy way to make a big impact. It might not seem like it, but winter is the perfect time to paint. Best part is, painting such a small area allows for experimenting with wild colors. And if you don’t like what you did, it’s just as easy to repaint.

    Book Summer Activities

    From campsites to resorts, flights to hotels -- stuff books up fast. Get ahead of the curve by diving into your summer vacation plans early. You’ll save on cash too. Check out more here.

    Timbercreek hopes that this list helps you reinvigorate your indoor space this winter. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • 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.

  • Winterlicious

    Jan 29, 2018

    From January 26th to February 8th, 2018 more than 200 of Toronto’s top restaurants will offer incredible three-course prix fixe menus in one of three affordable price categories. It’s a time when the city comes alive to light up the dark winter nights and celebrate the winter season. Partake in an array of innovative cuisine from all around the world for low prices only available at this time of year. To help sort through the options, Timbercreek brings you a list of top spots to hit this year for Winterlicious.

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    7 Numbers

    Just east of Broadview on Danforth, 7 Numbers is a “fun and lively neighbourhood restaurant” specializing in Southern Italian food. With fresh ingredients and a warm, unpretentious atmosphere, you’ll get a family-feel in this east end go-to. Enjoy their $33 Prix Fixe menu and try the Truffle oil and Mushroom Risotto or homemade Lasagne. See more.

    Cluny

    There’s lots going on at the Distillery this season. While the famed Christmas Market dominates the holiday event list, French Bistro “Cluny” is an elegant Distillery mainstay regardless of season. With a neo-Parisian, marble-infused interior, and French inspired cuisine, it’s Winterlicious menu is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.  Try the Gruyere French Onion Soup, Steak Frites, or Bourguignon Braised Beef Short Rib. $23 Lunch, $43 Dinner. Find out more here.

    Auberge de Pommier

    With renewed notoriety after being featured on Master Chef Canada, Michael Bonacini’s Auberge de Pomier was the original jewel in the Oliver & Bonacini crown. Serving Toronto diners since 1987, this exquisite French restaurant offers modern French cuisine, a wood burning fireplace, professional and personal service, and a 500 label wine selection. They will offer a $33 lunch, and a $53 dinner during Winterlicious. See more.

    Valens

    Located in the heart of downtown in beautiful Baldwin Village, Valens serves a wide variety of fusion foods including salads, seafood, aged steaks, grilled sandwiches and homemade desserts. With excellent service, a deep wine selection, and a warm atmosphere, it’s a great choice. $23 Lunch, $33 Dinner.

    Fonda Lola

    Located in the heart of Queen West, Fonda Lola focuses on fresh local ingredients and inventive tequila based cocktails. The menu features elevated Mexican food with an authentic, rustic atmosphere, offering a casual dining experience with friendly and professional staff. Try the Pico de Gallo, Chicken Mole Tacos, and don’t miss the Churros. They will offer a $23 lunch, and a $33 dinner.

    Timbercreek hopes this list of amazing restaurants to visit during Winterlicious gets you out and leaves you satisfied. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Living in Downtown Toronto

    Jan 23, 2018

    Recently voted one of the best cities in Canada to live in, Hogtown residents have long known that Toronto is a great city. A hub for business, tech, immigration, and culture, Toronto has high levels of safety, diversity, and quality of life. And there’s no cooler or more cultured part of town than downtown, particularly Yonge and Dundas. One of Toronto’s premiere neighbourhoods, Timbercreek brings you this list of the best spots to check out in the area.

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    Yonge Dundas Square

    A rare open space in the downtown core, Yonge Dundas Square has grown into a cultural hub. With free shows and innovative musical programming, YDS is a gem in the heart of the city. It’s also just a short walk from The Maitlands at Yonge and Wellesley.

    Eaton Center

    The Eaton Center is a Toronto landmark. With eye-catching architecture, multiple floors, a blinding array of stores and restaurants, and a herd of patrons, the Eaton Center is a social and shopping experience.

    Cineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas Theatre

    At the top of 3 floors of escalators, Cineplex’s Yonge Dundas Cinema location is massive, with 23 screens including IMAX, 3D, and 5 VIP rooms. Great for a night out, it’s got something for everyone.

    Massey Hall

    Massey Hall is a legendary venue for Canadian and international musicians. With a stunning and historic interior, cozy bar, and fantastic acoustics, it’s worth seeing just about anything at Massey Hall. Sherwood Apartments are within walking distance, and are even closer to The Phoenix Concert Theatre, another of Toronto’s premiere live music venues.

    Ed Mirvish Theatre

    Formerly Toronto's historic Royal Alexandra Theatre, the Ed Mirvish Theatre has a long history in the arts, producing original plays and musicals featuring Canadian and International acting and musical talent. A neighbourhood icon within easy reach of The Maitlands.

    3 Brewers

    An early and pioneering entry into the Canadian craft beer scene, 3 Brewers offers a delicious assortment of locally made beer. Known for their copper brewing gear visible to patrons, the 3 Brewers is a neighbourhood staple. See more.

    Salad King

    A groundbreaker in the Toronto Thai food community, Salad King is one of the city’s oldest and most outstanding Thai restaurants. From early days as a mock university cafeteria to its stunningly reno-ed 2nd floor current space, Salad King should be on your must-eat list.

    Old City Hall & Nathan Phillips

    Nathan Phillips Square is one of Toronto’s defining public spaces. With a Henry Moore sculpture, the famous pond (doubling as a skating rink in winter), massive outdoor space, old city hall architecture, and the famed PanAM games “Toronto” sign, it’s an iconic Toronto landmark.

    Sunset Grill

    At Queen and Yonge you'll find an amazing breakfast spot. Sunset Grill has it all: variety, bottomless coffee, and huge portions of breakfast fare -- the most important meal of the day. Close to Garden View Apartments, Sunset Grill and numerous other brunch hotspots are just a short walk or transit ride away.

    Transit Access

    Yonge and Dundas is a Toronto transit hub. From the College, Dundas, and Queen streetcars, to the Yonge subway line, it’s easy to get everywhere and anywhere in Toronto. Whether it’s from The Maitlands, Sherwood Apartments, or Garden View, all of Toronto is at your fingertips with the TTC.

    Timbercreek hopes this article shows just how great it is to live in downtown Toronto, especially near Yonge and Dundas. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

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