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.

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.

Getting 
Gifts for
 Outdoors 
Lovers


If you live in Idaho, there’s a good chance there’s an outdoors person or two on your gift list. That’s great because there are so many things a full-fledged Idaho outdoors person needs to stay active throughout the year. 

New Year’s 
Eve in
 Boise

There are many ways to ring in the New Year in style in Boise.

Inside Boise Lifestyle’s
 Cookie
 Jar

Heidi Tilby from Sweet Valley Cookie Co. is sharing some joy with Boise Lifestyle readers. A holiday classic, her sugar cookies for rolling and cutting out are sure to please your friends and family.

A Time to Be Thankful

November for me has always been about food and fun times with family and friends. Our family calendar is packed full of events, dinners, activities and get-togethers from now until the first of the year. Not many things bring friends and family together like great food. In this issue, we are highlighting a few local chefs who have dedicated most…

Ronald McDonald – Happy Wheels Cart Program

Ronald McDonald House is about keeping families close to their sick child and bringing comfort and care. That care will spread to the halls of St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital and Saint Alphonsus Pediatrics with the new Happy Wheels cart program, providing a moment of refreshment, support and comfort for families.

Hubble Homes

Hubble Homes worked with Charitable Assistance To Community’s Homeless to help Idaho’s homeless families through the sale of Hubble’s Hope, a home designed by and built by Hubble Homes. The team spent 30,000 hours on the project and worked with vendors and partners, who also contributed time and resources.

November 2017 Around Town

Members of the 124th Fighter Wing were awarded the 2017 Carl S. Spaatz Trophy during the National Guard Association of the United States Conference held in Louisville, Kentucky. The Spaatz Trophy is awarded to the overall outstanding flying unit in the Air National Guard. The winner is selected based on overall combat readiness, an exceptional ground and flight safety record…

Out of the Kitchen

Longtime Treasure Valley resident and chef Rich Jimenez was raised in a family of cooks. His parents own a restaurant on the bench, where he grew up bussing tables and working in the family business at around age 14. “My parents raised me with their hard work ethic,” Jimenez says. Bolstered with this industrious upbringing, Jimenez was exposed to every…

East Boise Living? We Have You Covered

Nobody moves to Idaho to spend more time in a cubicle. We’re here to enjoy the things we love: our families, outdoor fun, blue skies—the good life. East Valley, a community tucked between the Boise River and the Foothills in Boise’s beautiful Barber Valley, embodies all of this.

Little Chefs

My sister-in-law, Aunt Gina is renowned for her delectable cooking. Her sweet potato pie is a family favorite every Thanksgiving.

Worthy Reads

I have only read one Jodi Picoult book, and it was a long time ago, but this more recent read reminded me of what a fantastic author she is. She’s gripping and interesting from the very first page. I mean, elephants, psychics and a missing woman—is there a better combination?

Facing Open Enrollment?

Idahoans will continue to have a range of options for their medical and dental insurance plans in 2018 — including 299 certified plans through the state's health insurance exchange, Your Health Idaho. The open enrollment period for 2018 plans available through the exchange is November 1-December 15.

Nutella Braised Shortribs

Working in batches, roll the meat in seasoned flour and sear in a hot pan in oil. Transfer seared meat to a deep baking pan. Add any leftover flour, seasoning and onions to the hot oil to make a spiced onion roux. Remove hot roux from heat and carefully add in remaining ingredients. Pour mixture over meat. Cover the pan…

Thanksgiving Traditions

Kathy Petersen celebrates three traditions each year—Dad’s turkey bowl, Mom’s upside-down turkey and the gratitude list—and wouldn’t have it any other way. In this way, “we work off some of the calories, enjoy moist turkey breast while remembering our blessings," she says.

Outdoor Adventure

If you love wildlife, Idaho is a great place because we have such a diversity of animals. If you live in the Treasure Valley, you don’t even have to leave the city limits to find it. 

Smoky Mountain Pizzeria & Grill

When I went to Smoky Mountain Pizzeria Grill in Eagle a few weeks ago, I had no idea that I would be discovering my new favorite pasta place. I thought, "pizza, seems pretty straightforward, right?" Wrong. Smoky Mountain has a huge menu with an array of choices ranging from simple to sophisticated. The appetizer menu has a little bit of everything from…

Fall, Football & Fishing

Fall is my favorite season. The cooler weather, fall colors and a break from the long summer heat are something I look forward to every year. I’m constantly reminded of the beauty Idaho has to offer as well as the many outstanding activities our city provides.

Hearing Connection Grand Opening

On July 17, Hearing Connection hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the grand opening of the new Meridian location, 
750 S. Progress Ave., Suite 105.

The Boise Police Department Promotions and Awards

The Boise Police Department recognized its promoted officers and celebrated outstanding award recipients. Capt. Brian Lee, Lt. Charlie LeBar, Lt. Steve Butler, Sgt. Matt Miller and Sgt. Sean Stace were promoted. Others awarded include Detective Shelli Sonnenberg and officers Carly Bock, Annie Matheus, Dave Frederick and Jessica Fowler.

October 2017 Around Town

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation celebrated a life-saving equipment grant awarded to Ada County Paramedics, who received body armor valued at $17,741 from the foundation to outfit its Tactical Paramedic Team. The team responds to high-threat law enforcement missions. The armor will replace old gear, which is at the end of its recommended service life, allowing paramedics the ability to…

The Shed

My grandad’s shed was his sanctuary. He spent more hours out there than just about anywhere. Whether it was tinkering with a new invention, fixing something for somebody or just avoiding being henpecked, his shed was his place to relax and regroup. It was impeccably clean, and the door was always open. He would stand out there for hours drinking…

Boise River is the Treasure Valley’s Backyard, Blue-Ribbon Trout Stream

Slanted morning light hits the clear water and ripples like 1,000 shining diamonds, and the river bottom is a cobblestone street made of gold. Fall colors are starting to pop, and with a little luck, a hungry trout will make this a postcard-perfect morning.

GRIDIRON

Hailing from Kenai, Alaska, rising star Allie Ostrander redshirted on both the Broncos cross-country and track and field teams as a freshman in 2015. With a list of titles and accomplishments almost as long as her stride, this sophomore is rocketing to the top in everything she does.

Local Joe

Conveniently located on Grove Street, Big City Coffee’s comfortable ambiance is the perfect marriage of urban loft and country chic. With its open industrial interior—exposed ducts, brick and high ceilings—the main seating area softens the bolder hardware by inviting its customers to take a load off with their array of farm tables, benches and vintage chairs. Not only does the…

Worthy Reads

Looking for a unique thriller with an interesting spin? Most Wanted might be for you. Christine and Marcus Nilsson are a happily married couple struggling with infertility. When they decide to use a donor, their marriage ends up taking on a new and unfamiliar form. When a news story breaks about a serial killer that strongly resembles their donor, Marcus…

Sporty Snacks

A good number of sports involve the use of a ball. In honor of the sports issue, I'm sharing two sphere-shaped snacks. These fun size appetizers will be a hit with any crowd. Each of these recipes makes 18 bites. My boys loved the chicken bites and had a hard time limiting themselves to three each. For a crowd, you…

A Special Boutique for the Diagnosed and Recovering

Breast cancer can be a dizzying experience for any woman, whether she is in full recovery, undergoing surgery or recently diagnosed. Moving through the hospital system, scheduling doctor’s appointments and feeling like life is at a standstill can take a toll on a person both mentally and physically. There are special needs for breast cancer patients that can ease this…

Own It!

1. Brett Denton learned the tricks of the fitness trade as a lifelong athlete. Raised in Alaska, Brett moved to Idaho to attend BSU. Not only was Brett a student, but he also played running back for the Broncos. It was during these conditioning days that he learned he was more drawn to the training aspect of competition as opposed…

What’s Your Style?

As September comes and the change of weather approaches, so 
 comes one of the essential issues of the season: the fashion issue. Fashion: a—a prevailing custom, usage or style; b (1)—the prevailing style (as in dress) during a particular time; (2)—a garment in such a style.

Fourth Annual Kids in Motion Health and Fitness Fair

Molina Medicaid Solutions organized a special day for more than 150 local children as part of its fourth annual Kids in Motion Health and Fitness Fair. The event benefited the Boys & Girls Club of Ada County to teach kids about the benefits of good nutrition and physical fitness.

Idaho Foodbank

The Idaho Foodbank teamed up with the Boise Police Department as well as athletes from the Boise State football team. The Foodbank 
distributed free lunches through its Picnic in the Park program in Boise and Garden City to children who are in need. Photos by Mike Sharp.