June 2017 Lifestyle Letter

My wife Julie and I have been married for 22 years now. We have six sons, ranging in age from 19 down to 2. We have our hands full and spare time doesn’t really exist anymore. Despite that lack of time, I’ve always achieved more around the house in May and June than any other time of the year. June…

The Women and Children’s Alliance

The Women’s and Children’s Alliance honored 51 women at its 24th Annual Tribute to Women and Industry Luncheon at the Boise Centre. Along with honoring the nominees, Luci McDonald received the 2017 Joyce Stein Award for her efforts in the advancement of women in the Treasure Valley.

STEM Day

A group of about 70 students from Sage Valley Middle School attended STEM Day at the University of Idaho Boise. 
The students belong to the school's AVID program, a college readiness program designed to help students prepare for 
and succeed at colleges and universities.

June 2017 Around Town

The Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce announced Boise State University President Bob Kustra is the 2017 recipient of the chamber’s Hall of Fame Award. Kustra was selected for the award for his contributions to the betterment of the chamber and support of its mission to advocate for a vibrant economy and outstanding quality of life.

Upgrading and Updating Your Home

Kitchens are no longer isolated rooms and are now considered the hub of a home. Having an open floor plan kitchen with easy access to the family room or dining room will make it more of a functional and appealing space.

Porsche Macan

Porsche is a brand that is synonymous with class, style and desirability. Throughout its automotive history, this trendsetting sports car has outdriven its competition and continues to set the bar for excellence. You might be hard-pressed to find another car that epitomizes a unique pairing of sex appeal and raw power. Porsches have graced the silver screen, been immortalized in…

Mrs. Ronneburg’s Cinnamon Rolls

The heavenly smell of baking cinnamon rolls makes a house feel like a home. When my friend Nancy Ronneburg shared this quick and easy cinnamon roll recipe with me, I was delighted. When other aspects of my house make me want to run and hide, in under 45 minutes, I can have a delicious treat for my family and a…

Sprawling Estate in Eagle

Call me a romantic, but I've always thought the city of Eagle was a bit whimsical and just a touch outside of reality. The sprawl of the town, it's reputation, the lifestyle it represents—all of these things contribute to an ideal location and way of life for many people, including myself.

Homestead Bar and Grill

Success in the restaurant biz can be a tough equation to figure out. The ingredients for a thriving business rely on a combination of differing factors: location, sweat equity, hardworking staff and, above all, a variety of great food!

Toys Donated by the Idaho Artistry in Wood Association

Hundreds of toys made by members of the Idaho Artistry in Wood Association were donated to the El Korah Shrine in Boise for distribution to hospitalized children in the intermountain region. The presentation took place at the Wyndham Garden Boise Airport Hotel.

May 2017 Around Town

Jean Henscheid was named interim director of the University of Idaho’s James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research, based in Boise. Her appointment follows the retirement of Priscilla Salant, who has served as the director since 2014.

Showstopper!

In 1592, Shakespeare achieved his first masterpiece on stage with Richard III. The Tempest, Shakespeare’s last completed play, was performed in 1611. 1720 marks the year the symphony began to develop as a musical form, deriving from the overtures of operas. In 1763, 7-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart began a three-year concert tour of Europe. The ballet Swan Lake premiered at…

Idaho Day

With the theme "Idaho the Beautiful," residents, legislators and schoolchildren celebrated Idaho Day with special programs and music March 3 at the Idaho Statehouse in Boise. Idaho Day commemorates the day in 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln made Idaho a territory.

Captured by Color

As a former makeup artist for 30 years, I simply adore color. Years before obtaining real training, in my eager-to-look-grown-up-in-high-school years, I used practically every shade on my face—at one time. Clowns came to me for tips.

The All New BMW 5 Series

As a nation that values freedom, especially seeking adventure upon the open road, summer days were custom made to embrace such opportunities. So, why not upgrade your driving experience with a new set of wheels? The all-new BMW 5 series is all about the user experience, incorporating the latest technology with the fully integrated iDrive 6.0 system. Imagine taking the…

Aunt Dru’s Old Fashioned Banana Bread with a Twist

One of the smells that remind me of my home is my Aunt Dru's banana bread. I make this when I want to bring back memories of my childhood, and I am sure it will for you as well.

Performing Arts in Boise

Though Boise is tucked into the mountains and may be most known for fly-fishing, trail hiking or amazing ski slopes just a short drive away, the secret is quickly coming out that it is also a well-curated cultural hub. People of a community are brought together by the arts, and it offers one of the biggest reasons why people don’t…

Camp Hodia

Children and teens throughout the country are familiar with the traditions of summer camp. For some kids, cabins and counselors are just a part of a routine summer vacation. But what if you were diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as a young child and have never had the opportunity to spend time away from your parents?

A Local European Getaway

Thirty years ago Susan Camille—now Susan Roghani—the founder of Idaho’s premier, award-winning beauty and wellness company Camille Beckman promised to build her loyal gift shop customers a small tea room where people could come and discuss various topics. “My husband and I always wanted a community gathering place where people could come and talk about things like politics, religion and…

28 Days of Local

So here we are: February. We survived the holiday season, we rang in the New Year and now we get to celebrate the shortest month of the year, the month of love and the knowledge that spring is just a hop, skip and a jump away. A lot happens in February. This month, we celebrate historically and culturally significant events…

Junior Achievement’s Inspire To Hire

Junior Achievement's Inspire to Hire is a day that introduces ninth through twelfth grade students to career opportunities. Students interact with business representatives and see displays from hundreds of Idaho companies. The event was held at Boise State University, as well as Idaho State University and the College of Southern Idaho.

February 2017 Around Town

The Idaho Education Association and the Boise Education Association observed National ESP Day by presenting small gifts to Education Support Professionals around the Boise School District, including a special ceremony at Horizon Elementary School. Longtime ESP member Debra Brown was singled out for specific recognition to acknowledge her many contributions to the school and the ESP community.

Clean & Easy Cooking

With the new year here, a popular resolution for many of us tends to be eating healthier. Though this may mean different things to different people, a majority of us want to eat foods with higher nutritional content, without being processed, artificial or fake. If you're not growing your food already, then to the grocery store it is, where more…

Eureka Brings New Tastes to Downtown

General Manager Bryan Forcina — and his new downtown bar and restaurant, Eureka — doesn't take the easy way out. Not on service, and not on ingredients. “When we have a choice to do something the right way or the easy way,” he says, “we do the right way.”

The Science and Artistry of Coffee Roasting

Colin Seeley will tell you that coffee doesn’t have to taste like salted caramel or vanilla beans. In fact, he’ll insist that coffee is best enjoyed in its purest form. Started in June of 2015, Seeley’s company, Ironside Coffee Roasters, set out to bring high-quality coffee to Boise. With a background in food science, he approaches coffee roasting on a…

Unique Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him and Her

Parabo Press: Inspired by small-batch print processes, Parabo Press is the perfect gift for the photo-taking woman in your life. Offering products from square prints, both black and white and color engineer prints, 14-month photo calendars, glass prints and hardcover photo books, there’s truly something for everyone. Parabo.Press

A Pinch of This, a Splash of That

Two tablespoons of this potent wine reduction can be substituted in a recipe, such as a pan sauce, tomato sauce, or roast beef jus, that calls for one-half to three-quarters cup of wine. Add this reduction near the end of the cooking time—the way you might finish a sauce by swirling in some butter. The reduction can be kept for…

Gems in the Gem State

Some people have natural talent in most everything they touch. Others may need to cultivate and develop it, and still there are those who have raw talent but have no idea they do. Sisters Dee Dee Emery and Holly Curry claim they were never crafty types, even though Curry to date has been knitting for over 30 years now. In…

Travel Edit

travel at top- Steps of Style blogger, Amy Dreyer, brings a few local favorites along with her as she hits the streets of New York CIty.

House of Flowers

Ron Rankin, owner and florist at House of Flowers, has seen lots of changes in the 46 years he’s been working with flowers, but one thing remains consistent – people rarely stray from the classic dozen red roses when it comes to Valentine’s Day. Perhaps the more adventurous types will consider pink or yellow roses, but the red rose persists…

A Community Resolution

The beginning of any year brings a lot of new things. A new start, a new outlook and, of course, a New Year's resolution...or several. 
Some of the most common resolutions include resolving to eat healthier, to get to the gym more and, overall, a goal for better physical fitness.

January 2017 Around Town

The city of Boise has celebrated the grand opening of Idaho’s first commercial zero net energy building. The super-efficient and innovative building offsets the small amount of energy used by generating renewable energy, resulting in a net energy use of zero, and saving the city nearly $24,000 in annual energy costs.

Good Times

Junior Achievement of Idaho honored community members at its annual Spirit of Achievement Awards. The Silver Awards were presented to AT&T, US Bank and Washington Federal. Bronze Awards were presented to Intermountain Gas, Pioneer Federal Credit Union, Idaho Power, Icon Credit Union, St. Luke's, Todd Christensen and DeanCristomo.

Idaho’s Upscale Version of ‘Cheers’

For many pioneers, a better life meant leaving for parts unknown. Through rugged terrain, hostile weather conditions, and strangers, such a trek was not for the faint of heart. Fast-forward to 1999. Former hard-cider entrepreneur Kevin Settles embarked along the settler's route, taken many moons before. Though it took changing some laws, 15 years ago Bardenay in Boise, Idaho became…

The Benefits of Honey

Honey is great for your skin! Did you know that raw organic honey is great for your skin too? Honey has natural antibacterial properties, so it is an effective acne treatment option, and it is loaded with antioxidants and enzymes, so it helps boost your skin’s immunity and fights free radicals to help slow down aging.

Getting Healthy

My sole purpose for the last 18 years has been to help people lead a healthier life and my daily endeavors contribute towards this mission. How you achieve healthy living is down to your preferences and goals. All I can do is deliver the information you need to help you choose your own direction. How do I define healthy living?

The Volvo S90

There’s a reason Uber has chosen Volvo for their plans of having driverless pickup vehicles; Volvo is already honing in on that level of technology. Although Tesla has already disrupted the auto industry with its fully electric, self-driving cars, Volvo is a quiet contender in the luxury vehicle sector. Their S90 may be a more affordable option to Tesla’s Model…

True Veggie Tales

You might have grown up hearing "Eat your broccoli! I see where you hid those peas! Finish those peaches!" Sound familiar? For many, it felt like our mothers might be punishing us at dinner, with a heaping spoonful of stinky brussel sprouts or some other potentially creamed, unrecognizable vegetable. Perhaps you thought fruit only came inside a green Jell-o mold.…

Over the Hill…In Style.

At the printing of this article, our Boise writer L. M. Florenzen actually made it through her 2nd Spartan Sprint this time in the Top 10 for her age group. If you know anything about fitness, you’ve probably done some cross training. This is synonymous with Reebok. If you have heard of Reebok, then you know they sponsor the annual…

Happy Holidays

"Just hear those sleigh bells jingling, ring-ting-tingling too. Come on, it's lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you." If you couldn't tell, we're snuggled up by the fire, drinking some peppermint hot chocolate and dreaming of sugar plums—reading this month's issue of Boise Lifestyle, of course. Thanks for joining us!

Idaho Sheep on the Move

The streets were quiet and coming slowly alive in the early morning hours in Ketchum, Idaho, as you could see shop owners sweeping in front of their businesses and city custodians taping off orange cones on the main street. Everything was getting ready for what would be a bustle of activity on this final day of the Trailing of the…

Homemade Holidays

A gratitude jar is a timeless keepsake that you can make year-round for anyone, or for any occasion, for little to no cost—ensuring you'll get points for creativity and thoughtfulness. Using a repurposed food or canning jar with a lid is preferable, but a small, plain or decorated cardboard, wood or tin box will also work. Use scraps of paper…

Five Ways to Protect Your Family

There is no love like that of a parent for their child. As parents, we will give anything to keep our children safe and protected. We build homes in the right neighborhoods, buy phones so we’re always in touch, get GPS watches for our little ones and regularly monitor their social network. There is an innate responsibility we feel to…

FarWest’s Harvest Festival

FarWest's Harvest Festival in October featured hayrides, a scavenger hunt, games, pumpkin painting, craft booths and a guess-the-weight-of-the-great-pumpkin contest. This year's festival entry fee served as a donation to the Ada County Boys & Girls Club that serves kids around the Treasure Valley.

December 2016 Around Town

Deborah Page, a back office staff member at Audigy Certified Treasure Valley Hearing and Balance, has received Audigy Group’s “Outstanding First Impression-Individual“ Award for exceptional service to patients—for the third consecutive year.

December 2016 Parting Thoughts

Muffled voices from the living room trickled into my childhood bedroom. I was 5 years old. Groggy and hair askew, I sauntered out in my Little Mermaid pajamas into a scene of bustle and clamor. The house was packed with people: my aunt, uncle and cousin. Both of my parents. Members of my aunt's extended family visiting from out of…

Prestige Diamonds and Jewelry

After being involved in the jewelry business on a smaller scale for many years, Jeff and Stacy Beem embarked on a new adventure. The pair knew it was the right time to build the jewelry store of their dreams: Prestige Diamonds and Jewelry, located in Meridian.

North End Modern Update

Before Mark Clark and his building team began working on this Boise North End home, it had a small kitchen, a dilapidated garage and traditional styling that paid heed to early 1900s architecture but didn’t fit the style and needs of the homeowner. Though much of the original home was preserved, this home has been artistically updated to function for…

Ride On!

The City of Trees, known as Boise, is a bike-friendly environment with access to the Boise Green Belt that intertwines near the river, colleges and parks. Out of such an environment has arisen the Boise Bicycle Project. This organization is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) community cooperative group that works to make sure everyone has access to a bike, regardless of income…

Thankful.

The penultimate month of the year is always a special one—one in which we're reminded of the wealth of gratitude we have for the people in our lives and for the Boise community.