Category: Recreation

Help Us Choose a Colour Palette for Our Upcoming Home Design

You’ve likely painted a home before, but have you ever chosen the exterior colour palette of a home design?

Today at Pathways, you can do just that.

This fall, we’re launching two new home designs and we’d love to know what colours you’d like one of them to have.

Called Mystique, this design will feature two elevations, both of which are shown below.

The Mystique is a beautiful four-bedroom design with a gas fireplace,
a library,  and a layout that’s ideal for both entertaining and everyday
family living alike. Help us decide what colour it should be!

If you’d like to have a say in what our new home design will look like, visit our Facebook page gallery,  where we’ve posted 4 images depicting 4 colour palettes. “Like” the one you prefer, and we’ll tally up the votes on Monday morning, choosing the two most popular ones.

We’re excited to find out what your preference is — let us know now!

CUISINE-ART Brings Amazing Art and Delicious Food Close to Pathways

A week from today, an amazing culinary festival will take place in the historic Alton Mills Arts Centre, close to Pathways and co-sponsored by Brookfield Homes.

Called CUISINE-ART, this is a weekend-long culinary and artistic festival that brings together fine art by 25 talented artists and delicious food that will be prepared by award-winning regional chefs with local ingredients. What’s more, you will also get a chance to enjoy craft beer, fine wines, cider, lemonade and ginger syrup.

If you’d like more detail about the event, please click here.

CUISINE-ART is only four years old, yet its attendance has been steadily increasing, no doubt due to its winning combination of art and food. Not surprisingly, 1,500 people are expected to attend this year alone.

Will you be one of them?

Celebrate Summer With This Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Strawberries

What comes to mind when you think of summer? The sun? Warm temperatures? A tan, perhaps?

While all these things do define a summer, in our opinion no summer is complete without fresh, luscious strawberries.

Besides their amazing health benefits (which researchers still rave about), these berries offer a delicious taste of the season. Little wonder that many locals rush to farmers’ markets everywhere in Ontario to pick up delicious ripe strawberries, or that strawberry picking remains a tradition for many families.

The following recipe is sure to help you celebrate summer with a burst of flavour.

Strawberry shortcake recipe


• 1/5 kilo strawberries, stemmed and quartered (for optimal results, pick your own delicious, ripe, locally-grown berries at Bayle’s Farm, Kang Farm, or closet of all, at Rock Garden Farm)
• 5 tablespoons sugar
• 2 cups all-purpose flour
• 2 teaspoons baking powder
• 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
• 2 tablespoons sugar
• 3/4 teaspoon salt
• 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
• whipped cream

Directions 

Mix strawberries with 3 tablespoons sugar and refrigerate for at least half an hour. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F/200 Celsius.

To make the shortcake, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, remaining sugar, and salt into a bowl. Add heavy cream and mix until just combined. Then place the resulting mixture in an ungreased 8-inch square pan and bake until golden (18 to 20 minutes).

Remove shortcake from pan and place on a rack to cool. Cut into 6 pieces and split each piece in half horizontally.

Spoon some of the strawberries with their juice onto each shortcake bottom. Top with a generous dollop of whipped cream and then the shortcake top. Spoon more strawberries over the top and serve. 

What’s your favourite strawberry recipe?

Local Canada Day Celebrations

Strawberry Pancakes @ Captain Joe's Grill & Chill
One of the many ways to celebrate Canada Day. 

This weekend there are some great local events in Caledon East, so get the family together and get ready for a great long weekend!

On Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm, the 24th Annual Canada Day Strawberry Festival will be held at the Caledon Fairgrounds, located a 20-minute drive from Pathways on Hwy 10. This free event will feature a Silent Auction and the ever-popular Strawberry Pancake Breakfast. Other highlights include a car show, face painting, food, and a firefighter demonstration. We’ll be there too, so drop by the Brookfield booth to say hi and to enter our draw to win a $150 gift certificate for the Millcroft Inn & Spa (where you could enjoy an overnight retreat in the charming accommodations, a delicious meal, or indulge in spa services).

Another great event is the Canada Day Strawberry Festival at Downey’s Farm Market. Located just over 15 minutes away from Pathways, Downey’s Farm Market is a popular spring and summer destination. On Sunday at 10:30 am, the whole family will be able to celebrate Canada Day by picking strawberries, eating pancakes and enjoying wagon rides.

Also on Sunday, the Albion Hills Conservation Area will host live entertainment and offer free admission. There will be a magic show, children’s activities, food, picnicking, hay rides, a petting zoo, pedal boat and canoe rentals, and much more, as well as a spectacular fireworks display at dusk.

Lastly, at our Presentation Centre we’ll be giving away free Brookfield Homes Frisbees, so drop by and say hi!

Father’s Day at Pathways

Father's Day Cake 2009

With Father’s Day just around the corner, it’s probably a good idea to begin planning what you’ll be doing on Sunday.

Thanks to Caledon Day, which is taking place this Saturday, you’ll have plenty to do the day before, whether you want to take your father to the Caledon Cruise-In Car Show, end the night with music by Canadian rock star Kim Mitchell, or take the little ones to the Kid Zone (which Brookfield Homes is proudly sponsoring).

Having this many activities available to you just the day before is great, but it also means you and your family might just want to spend a relaxed Father’s Day in the company of your dad or the father of your children.

One option is to have dinner or lunch at the nearby Royal Ambassador. Another is to relax and have fun with a family BBQ. The following recipe is easy to make and brims with smoky goodness.

Grilled Marinated Flank Steak (serves 4 to 6) 

Flank Steak



Ingredients 

  • 1 whole flank steak (trimmed) (You can substitute skirt steak) 
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (Or use shallots for variety) 
  • 1/4 cup olive oil 
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce 
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 
  • salt and pepper to taste 

Mix everything but the steak into a large freezer bag, seal it, and shake it. Open the bag, put the steak inside and reseal while squeezing out as much air as you can. Refrigerate for a least a few hours.

Take the bag out one hour before grilling. Preheat the grill, pour the marinade into a bowl, and pat the steak dry. Season with a generous amount of salt and pepper and place on the grill. Cook over high direct heat for about 5 minutes if you like medium rare. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil, letting it rest for 10 minutes before you slice it thinly across the grain. Serve with the boiled marinade.

Happy Father’s Day!

Don’t Miss Pathways’ Raffles and Sweepstakes

Two weeks from today, at 6 pm on June 8, the Wines of the World event will take place at the Caledon Equestrian Park on Pine Avenue in the village of Palgrave, a 14-minute drive from Pathways.

If an evening spent tasting wine, cheeses, hors d’oeuvres, chocolate, and other treats sounds appealing to you, this event is simply a must-go.

What’s more, Brookfield Homes will have a booth at the event, where we’ll be doing a draw for a free wine basket.

The wine basket
It gets better — we’re currently giving away two free pairs of tickets on our Facebook page (an $80 value per pair). All you have to do for a chance to win is leave a quick comment telling us what your favourite meal is. 
Hurry, though— the sweepstake ends on Tuesday, May 29! 
Alternatively, we’ll be giving away yet another two pairs of tickets to Wines of the World at our 1-Year Anniversary Party this Sunday at the Pathways Presentation Centre, so you now have one more reason to drop by, in addition to our BBQ, a host of family-friendly activities like face painting and balloon animals, and a draw for a gift certificate for the Millcroft Inn & Spa
We look forward to seeing you at Wines of the World and this Sunday at our Presentation Centre!

Don’t Miss This Family-Friendly Event Across the Street From Pathways

We’ve often mentioned the fact that the Caledon Community Complex is just across the street from Pathways. Besides arts classes, hockey, and other sports, great events are often hosted there, which puts a wide array of entertainment options right at the doorstep.

This Sunday at 2 pm for example, the Caledon Concert Band will perform the Sounds of Spring with the Allan Drive Middle School Jazz Band as special guests.

Music Time with Bena - 1
Exposing your children to music may pay off later on. 

With admission costing only $10 for adults and nothing for children 12 and under, this is a fun, inexpensive activity for the family — and it’s just at your doorstep.

(If you’re not familiar with the Caledon Concert Band, this blog post offers a brief introduction.)

Do you have any plans for the weekend? Remember that our Presentation Centre is open from 11 am to 6 pm, so come pay us a visit! Even if you’re already a homeowner, we’re always there for a coffee and a chat.

What: Sounds of Spring concert
When: Sunday, May 6, 2012
Where: Caledon Community Complex, 6215 Old Church Road, Caledon East (just across the street from Pathways)