Decorate your balcony with Hauser

 

Your balcony is your personal outdoor sanctuary. How you choose to decorate it can make a world of difference. If you’re on the hunt for quality, outdoor furniture that was made to last, you may want to look to the experts at Hauser (218 Merton Street) in Davisville Village.

 

Hauser is a family-owned Canadian company. They believe in living life to the fullest, outdoors. This philosophy first came from the company’s founder, John Hauser, more than 60  years ago. John was a fifth-generation Austrian blacksmith who moved his family to Canada in 1949 and opened the John Hauser Ironworks, specializing in wrought-iron ornamental fixtures.

 

John Hauser and his family spent much of the warmer months entertaining family and friends outdoors. Hauser’s passion for outdoor living, family and craftsmanship made him a leader in the outdoor furniture industry.

Credit: Hauser

 

The second generation of Hausers run the company today, and continue to create quality outdoor furniture with the same philosophy and passion that was passed on from John. Hauser continues to manufacture the majority of what they sell, themselves, locally. You can choose from a variety of materials and styles, including cast, tubular and wrought aluminum, rattan, teak, as well as all-weather rattan. Since Hauser is the manufacturer, customers can also mix and match styles and technologies and have Hauser’s state-of-the-art welding, paint and fabric production line produce the perfect piece.

 

Hauser takes pride in being a leader in outdoor furniture options. They are open year round to serve you and their dedicated staff are experts in their field.

Credit: Hauser

 

Your balcony is the perfect place for some serious lounging. Hauser offers a selection of quality outdoor chaise lounges and outdoor lounge seating, including sofas, chairs and ottomans. Choose from a variety of finishes and fabrics to suit your personal style.

 

Credit: Hauser

 

If wood is what you love for the outdoors, have a look at Hauser’s line of quality teak benches. It’s like having your own elegantly-styled park bench. Perfect for relaxing and looking out at Davisville Village.

 

Credit: Hauser

 

If you prefer to use your balcony as a place to sit and sip a cold drink, or perhaps enjoy a card game with a few friends, have a look at their line of outdoor tables and chairs. You’ll never have to fight the crowds to try and find a spot on a local patio this summer! It doesn’t get more local than this.

 

Credit: Hauser

 

Perhaps you prefer to grow something green in your outdoor space. Have a look at their line of outdoor planters, pots and topiaries and get growing with a little help from Hauser.

 

No matter what you like to use your balcony for, the experts at Hauser can help you make it all that it can be, and more!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you make your home feel like home. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

Greenrock Family Easter Traditions

Greenrock Family Easter Traditions
Greenrock Family Easter Traditions

 

Easter is almost here! While spring is a time for fresh new beginnings, Easter can be a time for observing old traditions. To help you get to know yourGreenrock family a little better, we are beginning something new. It’s an ongoing series about the community of people behind Greenrock. We spoke with members of the Greenrock family to get some insight into their personal Easter traditions. We learned about what Easter means to them, how they celebrate, and their favourite Easter foods. We wanted to learn about what they love most this time of year.

 

We spoke with Gloria Mogavero, CEO of Greenrock Real Estate Advisors. Gloria is Ukrainian Catholic. For Gloria and her family, Easter is an important religious time. Gloria observes Ukrainian Easter, which she noted, “does not usually fall on the same day as the ‘Canadian’ Easter, as the Ukrainians follow the Gregorian calendar and not the Julian”.

 

 

Ukrainian Catholic Easter is a solemn time of sacrifice that begins with Lent and ends with Good Friday and the celebration on Easter Sunday. The traditional Easter Sunday celebration includes preparing an Easter basket with food items that each have a symbolic religious significance. In Gloria’s words:

 

Each Easter basket is blessed and must contain Paska (braided Easter bread), baked ham, Kobasa (sausage), beets and horseradish, salt, butter, cheese and hard boiled eggs. The basket is usually covered with a cloth embroidered by a family member. The blessed food must be shared with each family member on Easter Sunday. Eggs are also decorated and placed in the basket and on the table. We do not always prepare a basket but we still partake of all the traditional food including a staple, perogies.  It has been written that as generations pass, cultural traditions are lost but it is the food that carries on. This is a time when I treasure the memories of my heritage.

 

 

Traditions evolve as time and generations pass. What remains constant is getting together with loved ones and sharing traditional food. Food has a wonderful way of connecting us to our past and to each other.

 

For Fred Roper, Building Operator at Greenrock’s Post Media Place, religious traditions play no part in his family’s Easter celebration. Fred’s family has gotten a little smaller over the years, with the loss of loved ones, but that only makes them closer. Fred tell us; “our family takes the time to appreciate having one another. We all take the time to discuss the great times with relatives [and] even our pets.” Dogs are very special in the Roper family. They are considered full family members. As Fred puts it;  “they are very important to us, they are a very special link. They bring family and friends together.”  Fred’s family typically gathers over Easter and shares some traditional Easter food. For Fred, his “favorite dishes at Easter are turkey with turkey gravy and mashed potatoes” which are made by his brother in-law. He’s also a big fan of the desserts his sister makes, like her brownie cheesecake swirl loaf.

 

Photo courtesy of Fred Roper
Photo courtesy of Fred Roper

 

Sometimes Fred will bring over the antique radios that he likes to restore. His favourite is an RCA from 1949 that plays old 45 records. We think that says it all. Traditions are all about taking the old and making it new again, using yesterday to connect us to each other, today.

Easter is a special time of year, even for those who don’t have any secular or religious traditions. It can simply be a celebration of Spring and a chance to enjoy quality time at home. For Crystal Rawding, Property Manager at Greenrock’s Village Green, Easter is:

 

A new beginning filled with warmer weather, bright colours and renewed energy. Having a reason to spend quality time with family and friends is also always welcome.

Crystal’s family is not religious, and her family doesn’t have any traditional Easter routine, but she cherishes her Easter memories:

 

One of my most special memories is my Mom dressing us (kids) all up in our Easter attire, including the bonnet.  I’m sure it was not as special for my brother, who also begrudgingly wore a new hat and had to put his favourite baseball cap away for the entire day.

However you choose to spend your time this Easter, your Greenrock family wishes you and your family a happy holiday, full of old traditions and new beginnings. For information on Greenrock Communities, please visit our website.

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.

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.

Save big with DIY café drinks

Save big with DIY café drinks

Now and then, splurging on a café drink is totally worth it, especially with so many great cafés located near ourToronto apartments. For those of us who crave lattes and mochaccinos daily, homemade café style drinks are a great option. Today’s post from the blog team at Greenrock Property Management features four awesome DIY café drink hacks that will satisfy your craving and help you save a lot of money long term.

 

Chai Tea

 

Chai tea and lattes may be the easiest café style drinks to recreate at home. All you have to do is add a chai blend plus warm milk. For the cost of three of these drinks at a café, you can buy nearly two pounds of spiced chai mix online. Better yet, you can make your own inexpensive Chai Tea Concentrate and tweak the ingredients to bring out whichever spice you love most in this beloved fall beverage.

 

Pumpkin Spice Latte

 

Fall is Pumpkin Spice Latte season. It’s easy to fall into a $5 a day habit at Starbucks or your local coffee shop. Did you know that you could save hundreds of dollars by making this autumn staple yourself? Pick up canned pumpkin at your local grocery store and try this homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe today.

 

Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino

 

Peppermint season is just around the corner. This homemade Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino is super affordable and easy to make at home. To save big, buy brown sugar, cocoa powder and peppermint extract in bulk. You likely already have the final ingredients, coffee and milk, in your kitchen in our Toronto apartments. Here’s another fun option: Make your own peppermint simple syrup and add a touch of the holidays to whatever café drink you choose.

 

Hot Chocolate

 

Skip overpriced café hot chocolate and make your own this fall and winter. It only takes four basic ingredients to make this Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix. Looking for a fun and tasty gift? Pour this mix into a mason jar, add a few broken peppermint sticks on top, seal and adorn with a festive ribbon.

Do your budget and your tastebuds a favour. The Greenrock Property Management blog team hopes you give one of these delicious DIY café drinks a try and save big. For more information about our Toronto apartments, please visit our website.

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.

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.

 

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.