• 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.

  • Can't Miss Summer Festivals Across Canada

    Jun 18, 2019

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

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    Edmonton Ribfest

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

    Beaches International Jazz Festival

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

    Saskatoon Exhibition

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

    Red River Exhibition

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

    New France Festival

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

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

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