The Best Spring Pie Ever

I absolutely love fresh strawberries when they are in season and my favorite way to enjoy them is when they are covered in chocolate! My mom was always a great cook, as is my sister. But I never did well following recipes because I loved improvising. A few years back, I was about to make a cheesecake and some chocolate-covered…

Defense Secretary James Mattis’ Idaho Visit

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis spoke with airmen during a town hall at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho. Mattis' visit included a meeting with base leadership and a town hall where he answered airmen's questions. Photography by Staff Sgt. Jeremy L. Mosier. 

April 2018 Around Town

Hawley Troxell has announced attorneys Dane Bolinger, Adam Christenson, Jason Melville and Sarah Reed have been elected as equity partners in the firm.

STEM Matters Day at the Legislature

Hundreds of Idahoans converged on the state Capitol for STEM Matters Day to explore and celebrate innovations in science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning. The third annual event, organized by the Idaho STEM Action Center, attracted students, educators, elected officials, businesses and STEM advocates from across the state. 

Bringing Peace Through Produce to the Treasure Valley

It all started with a desire to bring a little piece of European sensibility back home to Boise, so Clay and Josie Erkins did just that when they realized there was a need for unpackaged and local produce in Boise. While living in Germany near a beautiful village where they worked as civilians teaching different recreational activities to the military, the…

changing lives

Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food—because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. There are many St. Jude patients…

Market Finds

The Boise Farmers Market Season begins Saturday, April 7, on the corner of 10th and Grove Streets, and will be open Saturdays through October. Along with all the fantastic farm-fresh produce, visit these vendors and try out these fun finds. For more information on events and vendors, visit TheBoiseFarmersMarket.com.
 

Earth Day

Spring has finally sprung! As the last dredges of winter make their way out, and we can finally begin to stop and smell the roses, it’s also a good time to remind ourselves to take the time to appreciate our beautiful planet.

Garden Goodness

It's time to turn over the soil and get growing. The gardens at the Chateau des Fleurs are bursting with more than 200 different types of vegetables this year. Chef Richard Jimenez has generously shared a make-at-home version of his beet salad. The original version of this complex dish involves many techniques that might be a stretch for the average home cook. This simplified version…

Outdoor Adventure

Pedaling my mountain bike down the trail and feeling soft dirt under my tires is as welcome as a powder day when I am snowboarding. A bike ride in the foothills is a rite of spring and one I look forward to all season. I ride year-round, but spring is a chance to get out on the trails when conditions are…

BMW X5 xDrive40e iPerformance

The BMW X5 xDrive40e uses advanced iPerformance technology to deliver instant torque, enhanced efficiency and all the driving fun of a sports activity vehicle. 

Home is Where the Heart Is

 The concept of home is different for everyone.  For some, home is where the family is. It’s the place where weekends were—or still are—filled with baby snuggles, bedtime stories and Saturday morning cartoons. The place where the smell of bacon and pancakes fills the air on Sunday mornings, "do your homework before you go outside" is a daily mantra and…

March 2018 Around Town

As your local homebuilder, Brighton Homes is committed to enhancing the amazing qualities that make its hometown so special. For nearly 25 years, the Brighton Homes team has created timeless communities with unique characteristics, built energy-efficient homes of uncompromising quality and forged lasting relationships both professionally and personally throughout the Boise area. Brighton Homes loves its hometown and it shows…

Hispanic Youth Leadership Summit

The 11th Annual Hispanic Youth Leadership Summit was held in 2017 in Boise and featured 871 high school students. It focused on leadership building, civic engagement, college prep and STEM. More than $400,000 in scholarships was handed out. Organizers will have two summits, one in Twin Falls, and one in Boise, this year.

Parkcenter Montessori Food Drive

Students at Parkcenter Montessori hosted a food drive, donating 250 pounds of food to The Idaho Foodbank to demonstrate kindness throughout the community. They also partnered with the “I Believe” campaign, a local giving tree effort that provides gift boxes to local children in need during the holiday season.

Repurposing Design

"Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous." —Bill Moyers

Gathering: An Easter Egg

Getting local artist Filip Vogelpohl to talk about himself is not easy. Genuine and friendly, but reluctant to speak about his successes as an artist and a businessman, his soft-spoken humility only adds to his charm. Fortunately, with some coaxing, he told Boise Lifestyle about himself and his art, and we discovered a treasure in his love for the community.

Fish en Papillote

“I will always be grateful for the influence of Chef Fisher in my life. He had the passion for the work and he passed that on to me. Now, I have the best job in the world, teaching what I love.”

Spring into the Snake River Canyon

When it comes to winters, the Treasure Valley isn’t exactly Minnesota, but after snowstorms, freezes, inversions and rainstorms, I yearn for something a little warmer and greener. With the first warm, sunny days of March, I feel myself drawn to the Snake River. It’s like a sneak preview of spring where I can wander along the river and see some…

A Modern Farmhouse in East Valley

Almost everybody wants it—a home with the popular modern farmhouse look and feel. And although there aren’t too many old houses around that can be renovated into that fashion, there are beautiful new homes being built to fit the demand.

Shelf Design 101

My design style is warm, modern, eclectic. When I decorate shelves, I start with a theme or color palette. Then mimic and repeat my accessories with similar pieces or coordinating vessels. I also add pops of greenery/organic succulents to soften the openings. Less is definitely more, but most important is the scale and overall theme. That is what I believe draws your eye in…

Readers’ Choice Awards

This issue marks the official three-year anniversary of Boise Lifestyle serving our great community and my 10th issue as the publisher. We would like to thank those businesses that have supported us as well as the many readers who look forward to seeing our next issue each month.

7Cares Idaho Shares

For more than 30 years, the Idaho Foodbank has helped feed families in need across the Treasure Valley. The 7Cares Idaho Shares campaign helps the food bank to raise food and money during a time that can be tough for some families. 
Photography courtesy of Mike Sharp.

Shop with a Sheriff

For the third consecutive year, Cascade Student Transportation team, which provides school transportation to the West Ada School District, took part in the Ada County Sheriff’s Employee Association’s annual Shop with a Sheriff event. The team of volunteers cooked for more than 200 people and transported the children to the event.

February 2018 Around Town

Representatives from the J.R. Simplot Company, Trout Unlimited and others received the U.S. Forest Service’s highest honor, the Chiefs Honor Award, at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes the five-year collaborative effort to restore the waterways and fish habitats on the Yankee Fork of the Salmon River in eastern Idaho. The Yankee Fork Restoration Project involves a diverse…

A Handmade Valentine’s Day

 un | From-Scratch Pasta  Yield: 1 pound  2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

Hagerman Makes a Fun, Snow-free Winter Road Trip

Part of the beauty of living in the Treasure Valley is its proximity to so many cool places. Within a couple of hours, you can be deep in the Owyhee Desert canyons or lakeside in the Sawtooth Mountains. 

Worthy Reads

During one of my many nonstress test sessions with my last pregnancy, I fell into a discussion with one of the nurses about good books we had read recently. She suggested a few, and The Rosie Project is one she highly recommended. So I gave it a shot, and I am so glad I did.

Readers’ Choice Awards

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2018: New Beginnings

For most of us, January is a new beginning in many ways, each one as different as we are.  For those of us who want a new start on our health and fitness in 2018, we are sharing some unique ways to go about reaching our goals.  This issue features gyms that have something special to offer, as well as…

Boise Lifestyle Networking Mix & Mingle

Business owners, executives and community leaders met November 9 at The Penthouse at the C. W. Moore building for a night of music and food from Zee’s Rooftop. All proceeds benefited Camp Hodia, supporting Idaho children living with Type 1 diabetes. Thanks to the many local businesses who donated door prizes worth more than $1,700. 

Idaho Technology Council & Idaho Innovations Awards

The Idaho Technology Council Hall of Fame and Idaho Innovation Awards highlight the work that has been part of Idaho’s past and the great innovations that are defining its future. Barbara Morgan, former NASA astronaut and educator, and Burt Rutan, aerospace designer and engineer, were the 2017 inductees.

January 2018 Around Town

Members of Boise Fire Fighter's Local 149 distributed 300 new coats to 10 local elementary schools. BFF Local 149 raised more than $9,300 since fundraising began in May. The money was raised by producing and selling a 2018 Boise Fire Fighters Local 149 Calendar, putting on the first-ever Boise firefighter fashion show and hosting the 10th annual Boise Fire Pumpkin…

Fitness
Trending

 Acta non verba  Action, not words. How often have we told ourselves—and others—that this year will be different? That this year will be the year of fitness and better and healthier choices. The year that we actually use that neglected gym membership. It has been said that 80 percent of all New Year’s resolutions will fail by February. So if…

Skillet Gnocchi with Shrimp
& Asparagus

1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 16-ounce package shelf-stable gnocchi
½ cup sliced shallots
1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into thirds
¾ cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 pound raw shrimp (26-30 per pound), peeled and deveined, tails left on if desired
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Pinch of salt
2 tablespoons lemon juice
⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Townhouse, Country House


Structured with exactness, the townhomes on The BLVD boldly line the street with quiet dignity. Clean and striking, each townhome is uniquely designed with precision and attention to detail. No two homes are finished the same, yet together they present a picture that is flawlessly balanced.

Trainer
Confessions

With decades of combined experience under their belts, these local trainers have seen it all. We asked them to share a memorable experience or something they have learned, and they delivered—the good, the bad and the funny.

Not a Skier? You Can Still Enjoy Winter Outdoors

When winter sports come to mind, it’s typically ruddy-cheeked and smiling skiers and snowboarders plowing through fresh powder or carving arcs on a fresh slope.

“We Think You Deserve Better”

When Nicholas Clare bought his first restaurant eight months ago, Pinnacle Sports Grill was struggling. Although Pinnacle had a small corps of loyal customers, it was immediately clear the place needed some freshening up. Nicholas hired Mike Morrison and Johanna Simon to manage and help him update the bar and grill.

8 Tips to Better Health for Entrepreneurs

For recipes, meal plans, books and assistance with your wellness journey, visit PressOnEnterprise.com.

Home Organization Tips

When I was a child, I took on the project of transforming our family’s extensive collection of books into a home library . . . and of my own volition! I labeled each book and cataloged them per the Dewey Decimal System. There was a check-out system in an index card box. I monitored the comings and goings of each…

A Season of Giving

As we turn the page of this year’s calendar to December, it seems like it was just yesterday we were singing carols, unwrapping gifts and toasting to 2017. Now—as unbelievable as it may seem—it’s time to do it all over again.

Camp Hodia’s Fourth Annual Dinner & Auction

The Idaho Diabetes Youth Programs hosted A Night Under the Stars gala in September. The generous patrons of this cause enabled the organization to exceed its goal and raise more than $95,000 to send children with diabetes to camp.

The Junior Achievement’s Spirit of Achievement Awards


The Junior Achievement's Spirit of Achievement Awards honor the educators, volunteers and business partners that contribute to the empowerment of Idaho students. Hundreds of distinguished guests attend to celebrate the many individuals who change the lives of students, inspire them to visualize their success and propel them to think big.

December 2017 Around Town

Gov. Butch Otter recognized recipients of the 2017 Idaho Awards for Leadership in Energy Efficiency during the Idaho Energy and Green Building Conference in Boise. The awards highlight Idaho organizations that are exceptional leaders in implementing energy efficiency at their facilities.

McCall
 Winter
 Carnival

 Stephanie Johnstone knows her way around the McCall Winter Carnival.  A longtime resident of Boise, she and her family, including her twin sister, Jennifer, looked forward to skiing at Brundage Mountain Resort and perusing the snow and ice sculptures at the carnival over the course of many winters growing up.  Now that she's a mother of two, Stephanie wants to…

Worthy Reads

Janice Hildreth is the author of an international newsletter turned blog, PastorsWife.com, offering encouragement to those who are married to pastors. Her love for the Lord and of writing led her to start a Christian romance series. Wednesday’s Rescue is the fourth installment in the A New Day Series where every book centers on a member of the McKinnon family.

Cadillac XT5

The Cadillac XT5, a five-passenger crossover, bursts with creature comforts such as adaptive remote start, hands-free power liftgate, rain sense automatic wipers and available lane keep assist and blind zone alert. Sitting in the XT5, you will notice the authentic materials like natural wood, leather and suede along with tasteful aluminum and carbon fiber accents. Additional features include the intuitive…

St. Luke’s 
Santa’s Toy Box

 “Your child has diabetes.”  These are words that no parent ever wants to hear. However, it is estimated that more than 15,000 children will face such a diagnosis each year. Diabetes is a life-altering diagnosis for the entire family.  It means blood-sugar testing 5-10 times a day, careful carbohydrate counting, insulin injections every time they eat, and constantly checking their health to…

Holiday
 Gift Guide

Looking for holiday gift ideas? Try some of these unique finds.