How to roast a turkey with all the trimmings

How to roast a turkey with all the trimmings

The holiday meal of turkey and all the trimmings is a tradition that is tough to beat, it can also be a tradition that is tough to make — but it doesn’t have to be. With the right preparation and the right attitude, anyone can tackle this sometimes-intimidating task. If you are hosting the holiday at your Wingreen Court apartment, or helping out at someone else’s, the Greenrock blog team is here to help relieve your stress with our guide for how to roast a turkey with all the trimmings!

 

Planning

 

As with most things in life, putting a plan into place will help you to complete the task with as little stress as possible. Do not try to do everything all at once, break the task down into bite-sized pieces. You can prepare the stuffing several days ahead of the big day and keep it in the freezer. Move it to the fridge the day before to let it thaw. Making the stuffing outside of the bird, in advance, will save you time on the day and the turkey will cook faster without stuffing. Remember to begin thawing the bird in the fridge the day before as well.

 

Classic Roast Turkey with Gravy

 

Cooking a turkey is actually pretty straightforward as long as you give yourself enough time to thaw and cook it. It’s going to take at least 3 to 4 hours to roast, so remember to baste it every 30 minutes or so. It’s all done when your meat thermometer reads 170F or the juices run clear when the turkey is pierced. Remove the turkey from the oven and tent it with aluminum foil for 30 minutes before carving.

 

Saucy Brussel Sprouts

 

Save even more time on the big day by preparing these Saucy Brussel Sprouts in advance and keep them in the fridge for up to 24 hours.

 

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

 

These classic Mashed Potatoes are made with Yukon Gold potatoes, cream cheese, garlic and butter and topped with Parmesan. Best of all, they only take about 20 minutes to prepare, so you can make them when the turkey comes out of the oven. They are a classic holiday side dish that are sure to please. They go exceptionally well with the gravy you’ve prepared with the turkey recipe.

 

Old Fashioned Apple Pie

 

You can’t go wrong when you serve this Old Fashioned Apple Pie for the holidays. Tart Granny Smith apples, tucked into a flaky, buttery crust. Perhaps best of all, is the aroma that will fill your Wingreen Court kitchen with cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. It’s hard to top this dessert, except with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

 
The Greenrock Property Management blog team hopes this guide for how to roast a turkey with all the trimmings helps to make your holiday a delicious day to be remembered. For more information on Greenrock Rental Communities, including the comfortable, quiet cul-de-sac location of Wingreen Court (2,4,6,8,9,10 & 11 Wingreen Court, North York) – please visit our website.

Discover the magical Toronto Christmas Market

Discover the magical Toronto Christmas Market

The magical Toronto Christmas Market is one of the city’s most beloved holiday traditions. Held each November and December, the annual holiday themed market is your destination for live entertainment, shopping and tasty holiday fare. In today’s post from Greenrock Property Management, learn more about this year’s market festivities, happening near Toronto apartments.

 

How It Works

 

\Head to the Distillery Historic District (55 Mill Street) any day of the week except for Mondays, to experience the magic of the Toronto Christmas Market. From Benlamond Apartments (5 Benlamond Avenue) or Village Green Apartments (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street, 55 Maitland Street), it’s a short 10-minute drive away, depending on when you go. There is a small fee beginning Friday nights through the weekends ($6.00). Proceeds support market upkeep, and local charities.

 

Market Classics

 

The 2016 Toronto Christmas Market will feature all the food and fanfare you’ve grown to love. Be sure to try to the tornado potato, as well as some poutine, incredible grilled cheese creations (Christmas Dinner Grilled Cheese?!), wine samples and your choice of beer. In terms of entertainment, expect a daily lineup of Santa’s Elves hosting sing-alongs and a ton of cheerful carolling.

 

This Year’s Highlights

 

Hoping to catch a great concert at the market? Join the Market’s closing evening celebration on December 22nd, featuring Canadian tenor Michael Ciufo. In addition to singing the national anthem for the Toronto Raptors, Michael’s first commercial recording earned the number 15 spot on the Canadian Classical charts. A complete listing of each day’s entertainment can be found online.

Don’t miss the magical Toronto Christmas Market, ranked one of the top 10 markets of its kind in the world, and featured today by Greenrock Property Management. For more information about nearby Toronto apartments, pleasevisit our website.

DIY Christmas ornaments kids can make

DIY Christmas ornaments kids can make

Christmas is coming! This may be the most fun and exciting time of year for your kids. If your children just can’t get enough Christmas, they will absolutely love making their very own Christmas tree decorations. It’s a great indoor project for cold, pre-Christmas days to make in the comfort of home, at your Davisville Village apartment. TheGreenrock Property Management blog team is here to offer a few ideas for DIY Christmas ornaments kids can make!

 

Melted Crayon Glass Ball Ornaments

 

It’s time to make something with all those broken crayons! Using clear glass ornaments, crayons and a hairdryer you and your kids can create colourful, swirled, Melted Crayon Ornaments. You’ll want to put down a drop cloth of some kind before you begin — to avoid dripping melted crayon on your floor or furniture. Select a few colours of crayon, break or cut them into pieces and place inside the glass ball. Your kids can blast the hair dryer on it as you slowly twirl and spin the ball to create unique abstract designs. There is no ‘wrong way’ to go.

 

Popsicle Stick Ornaments

 

A great way to spend a cold day before Christmas is to set up a craft table for your kids and create some Popsicle Stick Ornaments. This tutorial will show you exactly what you will need, what you can prepare in advance and exactly how to create popsicle stick reindeer, Xmas trees and stars. You’ll be able to cover your tree in no time and the kids will really feel like they contributed — because they did!

 

Salt Dough Ornaments

 

Your kids will love making these Salt Dough Ornaments. Everything about this project is fun, from mixing and kneading the dough, cutting out shapes, making hand prints, baking the ornaments, and painting them once they cool. It’s a great project to make with the kids this year and to put up every year after, to look back with joy on how tiny their little hands used to be.

 

Pipe Cleaner Candy Canes

 

These Pipe Cleaner Candy Canes are so simple to make, even very young children can try and tackle this one. All you need are some pipe cleaners, some red beads and some white beads. That’s it! Slide the beads on, alternating red and white. Bend ends of the pipe cleaner to keep the beads in place and shape it into a candy cane hook to place on the tree.

 
Happy holidays from the Greenrock blog team! For more information on Greenrock Rental Communities, including the convenient, comfortable and centrally located Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Ave, 225 Davisville Ave and 45 Balliol Street)- please visit our website.

The perks of living in the Toronto Beaches

The perks of living in the Toronto Beaches

Life isn’t alway a day at the beach, but when you live your life in the beaches area of Toronto, it’s easy to forget that. There are many perks to living in the Toronto Beaches area, where the Greenrock Community of Benlamond is located. Here are a few standouts, courtesy of the Greenrock Property Management blog team.

 

The scene

 

The Beaches area offers it’s residents a more laid back lifestyle, a community feeling while still providing easy access to all the amenities you need. A stroll along Queen Street East is all you need to do to confirm this. There is a vibrant and thriving cafe culture, plenty of restaurants and bars, markets and shops. In the summertime, there is the Beaches International Jazz Festival — a neighbourhood tradition for almost 30 years.

 

The scenery

 

What draws people to this area of the city is, of course, the beaches. From Kew/Balmy Beach all the way over to Woodbine Beach, you have 3 km of clean sandy beach overlooking sparkling Lake Ontario. There are picnic areas to enjoy in the milder weather, and a stroll along the boardwalk is a great way to clear your head, no matter what the season.

 

Easy access to downtown

 

Being tucked away in the eastern part of city can make for a quieter, less stressful lifestyle, but that doesn’t mean you are cut off from the downtown core. Getting into the heart of the city is an easy TTC trip away. Your location at 5 Benlamond Avenue gives you options on how to get there, you head south and hop on the 24 hour Queen Streetcar or north to the Main Street subway station. Both options will take about 30 to 40 minutes.

 

Active lifestyle

 

The Beaches area of Toronto is not only great for a more laid back lifestyle, it is also perfectly suited to an active lifestyle. Whether you are into running or cycling along the waterfront, beach volleyball, paddle boarding, kite boarding, wind surfing or swimming, Kew/Balmy Beach typically achieves annual blue flag certification — an international eco-label awarded to beaches meeting high water quality and environmental safety standards.

 

The Beaches area of Toronto is the ideal location to live, work and play. For more information on the Greenrock Rental Community of 5 Benlamond Avenue in the Upper Beaches, please visit our website.

Peppermint: Our favourite holiday flavour!

Peppermint: Our favourite holiday flavour!

The busy holiday season is upon us. It’s a time to gather with family and friends and eat great food. The cool, wintery taste of peppermint fits perfectly with the holidays. It may be our favourite holiday flavour. The Greenrock Property Management blog team wants to share some of our favourite peppermint recipes for you to enjoy this holiday at yourVillage Green apartment.

 

Lemon Braised Chicken with Beans and Peppermint Pesto

 

This Lemon Braised Chicken with Beans and Mint Pesto is a great, savoury way to use peppermint this winter. This easy to make, one pot wonder is perfect for winter or summer when the extreme temperatures may lead you toward more hands off cooking that makes a lot of food, so you don’t have to worry about what’s for dinner tomorrow night. This dish is great during the busy holidays for easy and informal meals.

 

Peppermint Red Velvet Cake

 

Add an extra layer of flavour to regular red velvet cake with this Peppermint Red Velvet Cake. The red and white colour of the cake, combined with the cool, wintery flavour of peppermint and the rich, smooth, luxurious chocolate taste of red velvet make this perhaps the perfect winter dessert. This time of year can be busy and stressful, the good news is that this impressive cake requires only 20 minutes of prep time and 25 minutes of baking. You can also prepare the cake layers in advance, when you have a moment, and keep them in the freezer for up to a month.

 

Peppermint Brownie Tarts

 

The cool, wintery taste of peppermint perfectly enhances the rich, fudgy flavour of these Peppermint Brownie Tarts. To top it off, this tart is garnished with red and white striped candy canes for a festive dessert that you’ll want to share with those you love – and keep all to yourself. Don’t worry, this recipe makes two tarts, so you can have your tart (to share or give) and eat one too.

 

Candy Cane Marshmallows

 

These cool and colourful Candy Cane Marshmallows, with their pretty white and red marble swirl, make a perfect gift. They are amazing in hot chocolate, or all on their own and they are very easy to make with only a few ingredients: sugar, light corn syrup, eggs, gelatin, peppermint extract and some red colouring to make the marble swirl.

 

Happy holidays from the Greenrock blog team! We hope these recipes make this season a little cooler and a little sweeter. For more information on Greenrock Rental Communities, including the comfort and convenience in the downtown core of Village Green (40 & 50 Alexander Street, 55 Maitland Street)- please visit our website.

Holiday party hosting tips

 Holiday party hosting tips/

The holidays should be a time of joy. Hosting a holiday party at your Greenrock at Davisville Village apartment shouldn’t send your stress levels through the roof, you should be able to enjoy your own party. The blog team at Greenrock Property Management is here to help take away your troubles with some holiday party hosting tips that will let you enjoy the evening as much as your friends and family.

 

Make A List

 

You’ve got enough to worry about, make a list and check it twice to avoid the inevitable ‘did I remember to…?’ feeling. During the planning stage of your holiday party, make a list of everything that has to be taken care of. Plan out what you are capable and comfortable doing alone, and ask for help with the rest. People like to be helpful, especially at this time of year. Let them chip in, you’ll be glad you did. Once everything is crossed off your list, then you are ready to simply enjoy yourself.

 

Prepare Food in Advance

 

Hosting a holiday party should be fun, but if you are stuck in the kitchen instead of mingling with your guests, you may not enjoy it yourself. You can avoid relegating yourself to the confinement of the kitchen by preparing some food in advance. Check out a sample menu here.

 

Create a Holiday Playlist

 

You may not have time to play DJ at your holiday party, and constantly looking for the next perfect song can eat up valuable time. You may want to create (or have a friend create) a holiday playlist. Think about the atmosphere you want to have at your holiday party and choose some songs that fit. If you are sitting down to a formal dinner, instrumental songs may work better during the meal so that the voices of your guests don’t have to compete with the music.

 

Open Up

 

You can take some stress off your plate by hosting a more casual open house. Guests can drop by for as long as they like, which can make things less stressful for their holiday schedules as well. Small dishes are great  for this type of party, served over the course of the evening, rather than a sit down dinner.

 

Happy (stress-free) Holidays from the blog team at Greenrock Property Management! For more information ofGreenrock’s rental communities, including the comfort and convenience of the centrally located Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 & 225 Davisville Ave, 45 Balliol Street) please visit our website.

Hanukkah recipes to fry this year

Hanukkah recipes to fry this year

Hanukkah is almost here! This year, the eight days of Hanukkah commence on December 24th and end on January 1st. It’s a time to gather with friends and family, and eat! It is traditional to eat fried foods during the holiday, to recognize and celebrate the miracle of the oil lamp that burned for eight days and nights, despite only having enough oil for a single night. If you are hosting a gathering at your Village Green apartment, the Greenrock blog team has some great Hanukkah recipes for you to fry this year.

 

 Latkes

 

 Perhaps the most popular and famous Hanukkah dish is Latkes. These fried potato pancakes are super crispy and get raised to an even higher level of deliciousness when served with the traditional sour cream and applesauce. For the crispiest latkes possible, use the starchiest potatoes – Yukon Gold.

 

Sufganiyot

 

There is an old Israeli folk tale that says after Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden, God tried to cheer them up with Sufganiyot, or jelly donuts. That’s how good they are. No matter what kind of day you’re having, it can be made a little better with a few jelly donuts.

 

Lemony Fried Chicken

 

 Fried chicken is always delicious, but Lemony Fried Chicken is almost unfair. This traditional Tuscan Jewish dish is marinated in lemon juice and olive oil for a flavour that is almost divine. Best of all, it only takes about 30 minutes to make.

 

Poached Pear Fritters

 

These Poached Pear Fritters aren’t strictly traditional, but you can create a new tradition with these fried delights. The pears are poached in orange and lemon juice with sugar and water. The poaching liquid is then simmered and reduced, after the pears are removed, to create a delicious syrup to drizzle over the breaded, fried, poached pears. Dust with a little confectioners sugar to push them over the top!

Happy Hanukkah from the blog team at Greenrock Property Management. For more information on Greenrock Rental Communities, including the quiet oasis in the heart of the city that is Village Green (40 & 50 Alexander Street, 55 Maitland Street) -please visit our website.

Holiday cookies we love

Holiday cookies we love

The holidays are almost here, you can smell it in the air! We love the holiday season it is a time to spend with those you love, and eat cookies. What would the holidays be without cookies? The blog team at Greenrock Property Management has some recipes for holiday cookies we love.

 

Sugar Cookies

 

The classics are classics for a reason. These buttery holiday Sugar Cookies are what we think of when we think of holiday cookies. Crispy, rich and with just the right amount of sweetness. They can be cut into a variety of shapes and this recipe makes almost 100 cookies, so you will have more than enough to share or give as gifts.

 

Gingerbread Men

 

It’s tough to beat a good old fashioned Gingerbread Man cookie during the holidays. Not only do they taste good (especially when decorated with icing) they will make your kitchen at 166 Eastbourne smell warm, spicy and simply amazing, with the aromas of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove.

 

Pecan and Chocolate Shortbreads

 

Buttery shortbread cookies are taken to another level with these Pecan and Chocolate Shortbreads. A sweet mixture of rum and ground pecans is baked right in and then a rich chocolate syrup is drizzled over top. A word to the wise – make extra, these will go fast.

 

Holiday Macarons

 

These light, fluffy and decadent Holiday Macarons are bound to become one of your new favourites. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself making them throughout the year. Don’t be intimidated by these elegant cookies, they can be made by anyone with basic baking skills, with only about 25 minutes of hands on prep time.

 

Happy Holidays and happy baking from your friends, the Greenrock blog team. We hope this is the happiest and most delicious holiday season yet! For more information on Greenrock Rental Communities, including the charming and elegant 166 Eastbourne, in the Yonge and Eglinton neighbourhood – please visit our website.

Enjoy Christmas Time at the Lodge

Enjoy Christmas Time at the Lodge

Colborne Lodge dates back to 1837 and was designed by one of Toronto’s very first architects, John Howard. Today, the Lodge is a picturesque spot to step back into the past and experience Toronto as you never have before. There’s no better time to discover the magic of this historic site than during the holidays. Learn more in today’s post, compiled by Greenrock Property Management for residents at Toronto apartments.

 

Special Holiday Fanfare

 

This time of year, Colborne Lodge (11 Colborne Lodge Drive) transforms into a quaint and welcoming Victorian Christmas destination. Head to High Park, a 15-minute drive from Village Green Apartments (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street, 55 Maitland Street) or around a 20-minute drive from Davisville Village Apartments (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street, 225 Davisville Avenue) or Eastbourne Avenue Apartments (166 Eastbourne Avenue). to sip a glass of hot mulled cider by the wood stove and share tasty holiday treats with your family and friends. The Lodge is located on the southern end of High Park, and festivities run Tuesday through Sundays, noon to 4:00 p.m.

 

Holiday Classes

 

Cider and treats aside, the holiday season at Colborne Lodge includes festive workshops and classes for adults and children alike. Sunday, December 17th, there will be activities specifically for youth ages 8 to 12, and the following day, December 18th, for ages 5 to 7. Expect interactive games, cookie decorating and more. Adults, meanwhile, will want to check out a centrepiece workshop, ideal for ages 16 and older. Sign up today, as only a few slots remain available for this hands-on holiday course.

 

Happy holidays from the living experts at Greenrock Property Management! We hope you find time during the busy holiday season to experience Toronto’s many seasonal events and activities, including the magical Colborne Lodge at High Park. For more information about Toronto apartments, simply visit our website.