Host a fun Halloween party (for adults) with these tips

 Host a fun Halloween party (for adults) with these tips

Show off your pad this Halloween with an adults-only party fit for the holiday. Ideally located and with plenty of space for your friends, Wingreen Court Apartments (2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10 & 11 Wingreen Court) is the perfect place for an adult-only Halloween get-together. Start planning the details with today’s helpful blog post from Greenrock Property Management.

 

October tends to be a busy month, and Halloween is no exception. Decide which of your friends you want to invite to your Halloween party, and pick your date based on what works for them. For better luck navigating busy schedules, consider throwing your party November 1st.

 

Start with the snacks

 

Halloween is almost as much about food as it is about spectacle. This Pumpkin-Shaped Cheese Ball will be a hit and feed a crowd. Use store-bought crescent dough to make these magical Witch Hat Appetizers, which are stuffed with a savoury pesto chicken salad. For a sweet finish, try these mouthwatering Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Meringue Ghosts. All of these snacks will pair well withHalloween Pumpkin Punch, an adult-only beverage that makes the most of the pumpkin flavour we can’t get enough of.

 

Don’t forget the décor

 

Skip a trip to the store and use everyday household items to decorate Wingreen Court Apartments for your upcoming Halloween party. Trash bags can be used to create creepy crawly spider webswhile mason jars are all you need to craft mood-setting Halloween Painted Jar Luminaries. Finally, print the template and start cutting to make flying bats for any blank wall.

 

A party game for adults

 

It might be enough simply to get your friends into one room. If the conversation is flowing, you may not need to plan anything else for your Halloween shindig. However, if you feel the need for a backup plan, Murder Mystery games are a blast with small groups. There are lots of ideas online to help you get started.

Happy Halloween from the blog team at Greenrock Property Management! For more information about Wingreen Court Apartments, please visit our website today.

Healthy Halloween Treats

Healthy Halloween Treats

Halloween will be here before you know it! There will be lots of spooky and sweet treats to enjoy, as usual. If you are looking for some healthier Halloween treats for party at your Eastbourneapartment or simply to get you or your kids into the Halloween spirit, the Greenrock blog team has you covered. We’ve put together a list of spooky snacks to whet your Halloween appetite.

 

Chocolate Spider Web Cupcakes

 

These gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free cupcakes are a healthier Halloween treat and perfect for anyone with food sensitivities. The best part is, these healthified treats actually taste great! The cupcakes are made with almond flour, coconut oil and unsweetened applesauce. The icing is made with peanut butter, honey, coconut oil and cocoa powder with a spooky spider web design you make by dragging a toothpick through the icing. This tutorial will show you how!

 

Frozen Boo-nana Pops

 

These Frozen Boo-nana Pops are simple and delicious. Simply slice a banana in half, lengthwise, insert popsicle sticks and freeze. Remove the frozen bananas from the freezer and dip in white chocolate, add a couple of chocolate chips for eyes and return to the freezer.

 

Snack O’ Lantern Fruit Cups

 

What could be more fun and healthy this Halloween than mini jack o’ lanterns made from hollowed out oranges!? To make these Snack O’ Lantern Fruit Cups, the first thing you need to do is slice the top off an orange and hollow it out (save the orange segments to re-fill the orange cup). Then carve a pumpkin face into the orange and fill it with diced fruit. Finally, replace the orange lid and serve.

 

Olive Snake

 

This fun and cute Olive Snake is a super easy snack to make. It’s not so much a recipe as a fun arrangement of olives in a row, like a snake. You can make snake eyes out of cheese and even a cute little carrot forked-tongue.

 

The blog team at Greenrock Property Management hopes these healthier Halloween snacks help to make this season a little more lively, while helping you cut back on the sugar. For more information on Greenrock Rental Communities, including the elegant, midtown suites at 166 Eastbourne Avenue, please visit our website.

Turn your apartment into a spooky haunted house for Halloween

Turn your apartment into a spooky haunted house for Halloween

This Halloween, get creative and transform your apartment into a spooky haunted house! Today’s post from the blog team at Greenrock Property Management is for all the Halloween enthusiasts lurking in the shadows of our Toronto apartments.

 

1. Begin with the basics

 

With just a few budget-friendly Halloween staples you can transform your apartment into a spooktacular abode. Start by removing summertime items in exchange for terrifying October décor. Consider covering your furniture with white or off-white bed sheets. Next, drape fake spider webs from anywhere and everywhere. Finally, set out candlesticks on your coffee table, mantel and bookshelf. Up for some DIY enhancements? Check out these DIY Skull Candle Holders.

 

2. Plan the main attraction

 

Where will the most horrifying Halloween display go in your Toronto apartment? Pick your spot and start brainstorming! This step-by-step tutorial guides you through how to Create a Bathroom Murder Scene using cheap supplies like food coloring, paint and destructible towels. Your guests will certainly jump at the sight of this Head in a Jar. You may find some great props to work with at a local costume shop, such as Candy’s Costume Shop (685 Mount Pleasant Road), only a 10-minute walk from Davisville Village Apartments (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street, 225 Davisville Avenue).

 

3. Finish with a delicious finale

 

Reward your friends and family for their bravery with Halloween-themed snacks that compliment your spooky décor. These Crescent Mummy Dogs are always a hit, plus they’re scarily easy to make. Get a laugh with this Pumpkin Puking Guacamole, or keep it cute and classy with these adorable Ghost Cupcakes.

 

Happy Halloween from the blog team at Greenrock Property Management! For more information about our Toronto apartments, please visit our website today.

Easy kids costumes for Halloween

Easy kids costumes for Halloween

Suddenly it’s October 30th, and your little one needs a Halloween costume, fast. How can you throw together a great outfit at Davisville Village Apartments (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street, 225 Davisville Avenue) in little-to-no-time, on a low budget? Find a few creative ideas in today’s blog post from Greenrock Property Management.

 

Bubble Bath

 

Leftover balloons from your child’s last birthday party will come in handy for this adorable Bubble Bath Halloween Costume. A simple white shirt, pants and headband help tie the costume together. Replace a t-shirt with a long sleeve shirt as the weather dictates. Grab a rubber ducky from your bathtub, and this DIY costume is good to go!

 

Mad Scientist

 

Nurture your little one’s love for science with this wacky Mad Scientist Costume, appropriate for any gender. Use accessories you have at home, such as glasses, goggles and a bow tie.  The one piece you may have to do some searching for is a lab coat. Theatrics Plus (658 Yonge Street), located in the Downtown Core, is a good place to start. To get here, plan on a 10 minute drive or 15-minute trip using public transportation from Davisville Village Apartments.

 

Watercolor Paint Box

 

A step-by-step photo tutorial makes this Watercolor Paint Box Costume easy to make. Basic sewing skills are needed. This cute costume certainly is an awesome option for originality, and despite being low-cost and easy to make in one sitting, the finished product looks like a machine-made masterpiece.

 

Halloween is just around the corner. Use today’s post from the blog team at Greenrock Property Management to start crafting your little one’s holiday apparel. For more information about family-friendly Davisville Village Apartments, please visit our website.

Your Thanksgiving Meal Plan

Your Thanksgiving Meal Plan

We’re thankful for Thanksgiving! Whether you are hosting friends and family at your Greenrock apartment or packing up food to bring to the feast, the blog team at Greenrock Property Managementknows that you have enough on your plate without having to plan a big meal. We can’t help you cook, but we can help you plan the menu!

 

Easy Turkey

 

What would Thanksgiving be without the bird? Whether you are new to the art of cooking a turkey, or a seasoned pro, this Easy Beginner’s Turkey recipe is a winner. The stuffing is included in the recipe. Make sure you adjust cooking times for different sized birds.

 

Cranberry Sauce

 

The details matter when you’re preparing a Thanksgiving feast. Don’t overlook the Cranberry Sauce. It only takes a few minutes to prepare but tastes the best when stored in the fridge for 8 hours – so plan ahead.

 

Roasted Baby Potatoes with Rosemary and Garlic

 

The right choice of side dishes can make or break the Thanksgiving meal. You really can’t go wrong withRoasted Baby Potatoes. This hearty side dish is savoury and substantial. You may want to make some extra so you don’t run out, this one will be a crowd favourite.

 

Carrots with Vadouvan Spice and Yogurt

 

Not familiar with vadouvan? Get acquainted this Thanksgiving. Everyone will be grateful that you did. It’s an exotic French-Indian spice blend using onion, shallots and garlic in a curry-like mix. Get ready for carrots to be you favourite part of Thanksgiving.

 

Pumpkin-Pecan Cheesecake

 

If you’re only going to make one dessert this year, make it the best combination of all traditional Thanksgiving desserts. This Pumpkin-Pecan Cheesecake combines the flavours of pecan pie and pumpkin pie in a winning cheesecake.

 

The Greenrock blog team wishes you a fun a delicious Thanksgiving. For more information on Greenrock rental communities in Toronto, please visit our website.

 

Check out Pumpkinfest Toronto!

Check out Pumpkinfest Toronto!

Pumpkinfest Toronto is back! Following its successful debut last fall, the Thanksgiving weekend extravaganza is returning once again near Village Green Apartments (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street, 55 Maitland Street). Find out more about the festival in today’s post from the blog team atGreenrock Property Management.

 

Fall fun at Downsview Park

 

Pumpkinfest Toronto comes to Downsview Park (35 Carl Hall Road) on Thanksgiving weekend, October 8th, 9th and 10th. Expect family-friendly festivities for all ages, from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Parking and admission is free; rides and food cost extra. Village Green Apartments is around a 30-minute drive from the park, or around an hour if you are using public transportation.

 

Highlights of this year’s event

 

Start your day at the park with the Giant Inflatable Corn Maze or the Kids Midway, best suited for ages two through 12. Make your own souvenir at the Arts and Crafts station, ride the Pumpkin Express Train and challenge the family to a game of Pumpkin Bowling. After all the fun, satisfy your appetite at Food Truck Frenzy Lane, featuring Toronto’s very best vendors on wheels.

 

Contests for all

 

Participate in a contest at Pumpkinfest Toronto. Registration for the Costume Contest is free and open to all ages. Each afternoon, a winner will be crowned at the Entertainment Stage. Other fun contests this year include the Miss Pumpkinfest Contest, the Pumpkin Carving Contest and the Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest.

 

The blog team at Greenrock Property Management encourages you to mark your calendar today for Pumpkinfest Toronto, the perfect opportunity to celebrate the season with your family. For more information about nearby Village Green Apartments, please feel welcome to visit our website today.

Thanksgiving entrees for turkey haters

Thanksgiving entrees for turkey haters

 

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and offers a chance to gather with friends and family and focus on what you are truly thankful for. For many, traditional turkey can be a bit dry and uninspiring. If you are hosting a feast at your Greenrock at Davisville Village home, be thankful that there are many more options for mains than just a stuffy old bird. The blog team at Greenrock Property Management has a few suggestions for a tasty Thanksgiving for turkey haters.

 

Pork with Persimmons and Mustard Greens

 

The colourful persimmons add a bit of fall flare to this Pork with Persimmons and Mustard Greens. This pork tenderloin takes only 15 minutes of prep time and an hour in the oven. If you’re looking to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with friends and family this holiday, put some pork on your Thanksgiving fork.

 

Zinfandel Risotto with Roasted Beets and Walnuts

 

The vegetarians at your table with be thankful for this Zinfandel Risotto with Roasted Beets and Walnuts. The fruity wine and colourful beets tint the risotto a festive, fall red. You’ll never miss the meat when you serve this Thanksgiving treat!

 

Whole Fish Baked in Sea Salt

 

If you’re avoiding the turkey this year, but you still want to make a splash with your main course, consider a Whole Fish Baked in Sea Salt. It bakes in only 25 minutes, saving you heaps of time compared to baking a big bird and the herb-infused crust of sea salt makes for moist and savoury fish in a dramatically presented dish.

 

Classic Lasagna

 

One of the benefits of breaking with tradition, is that you get to make up your own rules. A Classic Lasagna is a hearty, shareable dish that is adored by almost everyone. This year, be thankful that you can think outside the box!

 

No matter what you bring to the table this Thanksgiving, the Greenrock blog team wishes you a delicious holiday weekend. For more information on Greenrock rental communities in Toronto, including the centrally located suites at Greenrock at Davisville Village, please visit our website.

Thanksgiving dessert recipes we love

Thanksgiving dessert recipes we love

Fall is fabulous for many reasons but one of the best is Thanksgiving! When the dinner is done, the fun is just beginning. If you’re hosting the festivities at your Eastbourne apartment, or if you’re responsible for bringing dessert to a party, the Greenrock blog team has some sweet ideas that everyone will love.

 

Pumpkin Cheesecake Fries

 

It’s difficult to make cheesecake better, but these Pumpkin Cheesecake Fries may just take the cake. No matter what you eat for dinner, it’s easy to make room for a few of these ingenious cheesecake fries. Drizzle them with a little caramel sauce to make them even more delicious.

 

Candied Yam Cupcakes

 

Put your leftover yams to good use with these Candied Yam Cupcakes. These holiday treats are perfectly portable, delicious and petite — perfect if you don’t have room for a piece of cake but don’t want to miss out on dessert!

 

Bourbon-Pecan Pie

 

Rich, sweet and delicious. The flavours of dark chocolate, toasted nuts and a touch of bourbon, make this Bourbon-Pecan Pie a winning choice. Best of all, it’s easy! The pie crust doesn’t even need a rolling pin and it can be made with a choice of sweeteners.

 

Toasted Marshmallow Butterscotch Pie

 

If you are looking to elevate your pie game, take on this Toasted Marshmallow Butterscotch Pie. It’s not a pie for the timid, but you can break the preparation time into bite-sized pieces. Bake the pie crust on day 1, fill and bake on day 2, and then assemble the final, impressive product on day 3. The work is worth it, both for the final flavour of the pie and the feeling of accomplishment you’ll get from making it.

 

This Thanksgiving, everyone will be thankful for what you’ve brought to the table. The blog team atGreenrock wishes you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving! For more information on Greenrock rental communities, including the apartments at 166 Eastbourne, please visit our website.

 

There’s still time to visit the Waterfront Artisan Market

There’s still time to visit the Waterfront Artisan Market

 

The Thanksgiving long weekend is a perfect time to gather with friends and family and focus on everything you are thankful for. This year, add The Waterfront Artisan Market to your list of things that bring you gratitude. If you haven’t discovered this unique and beautiful outdoor market, the Thanksgiving weekend is your last chance of the year! The blog team at Greenrock Property Management has all the information you need to make the most of this gorgeous outdoor market.

 

Market Value

 

The Waterfront Artisan Market is a mix of over 50 artisans, chefs, bakers and craftspeople. The market has been carefully curated to showcase an eclectic mix of vendors and their wares in a unique open-air market in one of Toronto’s most beautiful locations at HTO Park.

 

HTO Park

 

Situated between a sandy beach and the Martin Goodman Trail, HTO Park overlooks Toronto’s Harbour, offering a beautiful view of the waterfront and Toronto Islands to the south and the skyline to the north. It’s located at 339 Queens Quay West (between Rees Street and Spadina Ave). It’s less than a half hour by TTC or 20 minutes by car or bike from Village Green Apartments.

 

Artisans

 

With over 50 talented artisans at the Market this final weekend, there is something to please everyone. Pay a visit to Albion Hills Farms for the best in local, natural smoked meats. Beekeeper’s Naturals is a great booth where you can find the best in all natural bee products that support healthy bee populations. Check out Jamie Kennedy Kitchens for some fantastic JK fries and more. The Market is open for one last hurrah this Thanksgiving Long Weekend, Saturday October 8th from 10am to 6pm, Sunday 11am to 6pmand finally, Monday 11am to 5pm.

 

Don’t miss out on your final chance to check out this one-of-a-kind market. For more information onGreenrock rental communities, including the oasis in the city that is Village Green (40, 50 Alexander Street, 55 Maitland Street) please visit our website.

 

Nuit Blanche is tonight!

Tonight, beginning at sunset, Toronto will be transformed into a creative playground. Don’t miss Nuit Blanche, a truly one-of-a-kind experience happening near Toronto apartments and featured today by the art enthusiasts a part of the Greenrock Property Management blog team.

 

The fun begins at sunset

 

From sunset to sunrise on Saturday, October 1st, Toronto will host a free, all-night art event called Nuit Blanche. Explore art installations, displays and exhibits at various locations scattered across the city.

OBLIVION

 

Start your Nuit Blanche experience with OBLIVION, a special project curated by Janine Marchessault and Michael Prokopow. Held at Nathan Phillips Square and City Hall (100 Queen Street West), it will take you 15 minutes to drive here from Davisville Village Apartments (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street, 225 Davisville Avenue). Focused on the premise that someday the sun will die, three artists have come together to create a moving masterpiece that “examines the elemental aspects of our cosmic existence.”

 

Facing the Sky

 

Experience the true magic of Nuit Blanche with Facing the Sky. This exhibit explores artists’ relationships with the world above. Head to the Waterfront — the exhibit stretches from Bay Street to Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West). This exhibit includes numerous projects, from October Sky to Ascension, 2016. To get to the heart of the activity at the Harbourfront Centre, expect a 10-minute drive from Village Green Apartments (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street, 55 Maitland Street).

 

Independent Projects

Alongside the city-run exhibits are dozens of Independent Projects happening at various venues in Toronto. Start with Laneway Canopy at 25 Kensington Avenue, a project designed to show how leftover spaces can be utilized to birth new energy into a community.
The blog team at Greenrock Property Management hopes you enjoy an exciting evening in Toronto at Nuit Blanche. For more information about our Toronto apartments and the incredible arts and culture events that happen nearby, please visit our website.