Hillcrest Winery

Our Food Service Director gave a class on how to make wine. Everyone interacted by asking a lot of questions. To make wine the primary ingredient is yeast and juice but making good wine is all about the details. To make wine all the parts have to come together perfect. It starts with growing the right fruit in the best conditions. Once you have all the ingredients you must pay attention to sanitation, fermentation, temperature time and conditioning.  We do need to pay attention to ensure a wonderful product that we can enjoy. Join us in a few months when Hillcrest bottles and tastes the wine. Check out our website at www.hill-crest.com for classes like this one.

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Idaho Aquirum

leapord sharkNew Leapord Shark Arrives!! Our new 4 foot shark has made it all the way from Japan and doing nicely in his new home.

Idaho Aquarium’s current 10,000 sq. ft. building is expanding to 15,000 sq. ft.!! Our new addition will add exhibits such as River Otters, Amazon Exhibit, Touch Shark Pool, Giant Octopus, Penguins, and Rain Forest Exhibit. The aquarium still has room for our 170,000 gallon shark tank with walk thru tunnel to the new addition!

The Amazon exhibit featuring 6,000 gallons of exotic fish from around the world is planned for the first of the year. Our residents at Hillcrest can’t wait until we can go to the aquarium again. There is so much to see and do. acquarium

We fed the rays, Looked at the leapord, yellow breasted rainbow Lory’s, octopus and much more. We visited the tide pools and tried to find the creatures and touch and pick them up. The Octopus were amazing to watch their ability to change color and can fit in small spaces and are incredibly smart. The feeding night reef was my favorite exhibit. The reef comes alive at night and begins to feed! The corals feed at night and are most predator-ail animals on the planet. Everyone needs to visit the aquarium and take in all the oceanic life for themselves. This was a blast the residents that went had smiles on there face as they took in oceanic life.

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Please visit our website for future outings like this one at www.hill-crest.com


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Hillcrest Goes for Wine

2Ste Chapelle

From high atop “Winery Hill,” Ste. Chapelle Winery overlooks thousands of acres of fertile orchards and farmland in Southwestern Idaho known as Sunny Slope, with the famous Snake River winding through the valley below.

Founded in 1976 by the Symms family, Ste. Chapelle Winery is named after the beautiful La Sainte Chapelle in Paris, built by King Louis IX as the court chapel during the 13th century. The winery tasting room follows the airy feel of La Sainte Chapelle with its high, bright cathedral-style windows, vaulted ceilings with wooden beams and a stained glass grapevine window greeting its visitors.

Founded by the Symms family with the intention of being a small operation, Ste. Chapelle quickly expanded to meet consumer’s demand as the Idaho wine growing region built its reputation. Today, it is the leading winery in Idaho in both production and sales volume. Ste. Chapelle produces approximately 130,000 cases per year. State-of-the-art presses, a high speed bottling line and best practices make this a world-class winery.

In 2012 Precept Wine welcomed Ste. Chapelle to its Northwest family of wineries. bolstering Ste. Chapelle’s distribution and visibility as a quality brand on the world’s stage.  www.stechapelle.com

We enjoyed our visit to Ste. Chapelle. The smiling faces say it all. Check out our website at www.hill-crest.com for future outings. Everyone needs to put this on their bucket list.

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Afternoon Theatre at Hillcrest

five_peopleEncore Theatre presented “Tuesday with Morrie” on Saturday, April 13th. This play is a magical chronicle of the author and Morrie’s time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie’s lasting gift with the world. This is a must read book. I was moved beyond words and value my family and friends.

Check out our blog at www.hill-crest.com/blog for future events.

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Cooking Can be Fun at Hillcrest

mack & Cheese






  • Recipe Serves4
  • Preparation Time15 min
  • Cooking Time15 min


  • 2 slices thick cut bacon
  • 1 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cup red bell pepper
  • 1 package Knorr® Pasta Sides™ – Chicken flavor
  • 1/2 cup shredded pepper Jack cheese
  • 2 cups rotisserie chicken


  • Cook bacon in 2-quart saucepan over medium high heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, about 4 minutes. Stir in red peppers and onion to saucepan and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Remove from saucepan and set aside.
  • Prepare Knorr® Pasta Sides™ – Chicken flavor in same saucepan according to package directions. Stir in chicken, cheese, peppers and onion during the last 2 minutes of cook time.
  • Garnish, if desired, with chopped cilantro.
  • A friend of mine prepared  Smokey Mac and Cheese Pasta the other night for dinner. This was a out of this world wonderful. It is a must try.
  • My friend found this recipe at www.Knorr.com



Hillcrest Goes to Outback

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We take great pride in serving the freshest, highest-quality food possible. Every day we start out fresh, making our soups, salad dressings and sauces from scratch. We don’t cut corners and we don’t settle when it comes to authentic ingredients, like our USDA Choice steaks, our imported Danish Blue Cheese, our toasted hand-cut croutons these are a few of the things prepare daily.  Every day we start fresh. We chop, slice and stir our way to freshly made soups, sauces, sides and dressings. Since day one we’ve sought out the best ingredients to create the great tasting, bold flavors you crave.

We hate to confess years ago we ordered these and Aussie Fries for dinner. Not the healthiest dinner, but if you are looking to impress your guests, you can prepare this dish at home; this way you can make extra and enjoy all you like.

Outback Steakhouse Bloomin Onion

Outback Steakhouse Bloomin Onion

  • Author: CopyKat Recipes
  • Recipe Type: Appetizer Recipes, Copycat Restaurant Recipes, CopyKat RecipesPrep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Serves: 4

This is a restaurant recipes is a favorite you will love making at home!


  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1 and 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 12 ounce beer
  • 4 Vidalia or Texas sweet onions
  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Combine and mix well.


Combine and mix well.

Mix cornstarch, flour, and seasonings until well blended. Add beer and mix well. Cut about 3/4″ off top of onion and peel. Cut into onion 12 to 16 vertical wedges, but do not cut through bottom root end. Remove about 1″ of petals from the center of the onion. You may want to separate the onion petals slightly, but do not do this too much or you will destroy the onion. Dip onion in seasoned flour; remove excess by shaking. Separate petals to coat thoroughly with batter. Dip in batter. Dip in flour mixture again. Gently place in fryer basket and deep-fry at 375 to 400 degrees for 1 and 1/2 minutes. Turn over and fry an additional 1 and 1/2 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Place onion upright in a shallow bowl and remove center core with circular cutter or apple corer. Serve hot with Creamy Chili Sauce.

You can find more Outback Steakhouse Recipes, here at CopyKat.co. Our residents at Hillcrest tasted the blooming onion for the first time Wednesday night at Outback Steakhouse and loved it. The experience at Outback Steakhouse was awesome from the moment we were greeted at the door and seated. Our server was very knowledgeable and prompt and the food melted in our mouths. Please Join  next time we eat at Outback Steakhouse. Check out our website at www.hill-crest.com


Sing-a-Long at Hillcrest

Sing-a-Long’s are a fun way to lift your spirits. A friend of Hillcrest led the sing-a-long on Wednesday April 24th.  We raised the rafters in the balcony as we sang songs that were dear to our hearts. The Red, Red, Robin Comes bob, bob, bobbin’ a-long, This Land is Your Land, Down In The Valley, Smiles, Sentimental Journey, Polly Wolly Doodle, Tiny Bubbles and April Showers are a few of the songs that we sang. It sounded like a mass choir was preforming at the cathedral on Sunday morning. Join us next time and help us sing the beautiful melodies that we all love and know.

Please check out up and coming events at www.hill-crest.com

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National Day of Prayer at Hillcrest Assisted Living


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There will be a National Day of Prayer event held at Hillcrest Assisted Living  in Boise, ID at 10 am, on Thursday, May 2nd. After the event, please stay for lunch. The event is free, but lunch is available for a donation of $5.00.

The upcoming 62nd Annual National Day of Prayer will have profound significance for our country.  We have an unprecedented opportunity to see the Lord’s healing and renewing power made manifest as we call on citizens to humbly come before His throne.  To echo the words of Mary Washington, mother of our nation’s first president, we believe it is time to “Remember that God is our only sure trust.”

Visit www.nationaldayof prayer.org or www.hill-crest/blog or www.nationaldayofprayer.org for more information.



Thats What I’m Talking About.

See the value of just one phone call with Hamilton CapTel.

What is Hamilton CapTel?

Hearing on the phone may be a source of frustration for you or someone you care about — but it doesn’t have to be. Backed by nearly a decade of proven captioned telephone technology, Hamilton CapTel® is dedicated to making phone conversations simple and accessible for individuals with hearing loss.

Here’s the point.

If you just can’t hear on the phone, with Hamilton CapTel you can listen while reading what’s said to you — ensuring clarity and confidence on every call.

Here’s how easy it is.

Hamilton CapTel Phone: More than an amplified phone, experience real-time captions of what’s said to you — similar to captions on television. Perfect or home or business use and connects via ethernet or WiFi.

  • Hamilton CapTel for PC/Mac: See every word a caller says right on your computer screen. There’s no special equipment to purchase or software to download. All that’s required is a computer, high-speed Internet and any phone.
  • Hamilton CapTel App for Smartphones: Place and receive captioned calls on a single device with our unique and innovative apps for Android™, BlackBerry® and iPhone®. Hamilton CapTel is now compatible with more smart phones on more networks than ever.
    Click here to find out more.

Here’s the deal.

Hamilton CapTel is available 24/7 and is a nationwide service made available at no cost to the user. So whether you’re at home, in the office or on the go, captions from Hamilton CapTel are available for every call.

Emilie Pennie is the Regional Outreach Coordinator for Idaho and Montana for Hamilton Relay. Emile has hearing loss that is moderate to sever. Emilie likes the independence that relay telephone gives her to communicate with others.  Emile used sign language and had an interpreter to translate her message about Idaho Relay. If you have any questions please email Emilie at  Pennie@hamiltonrelay.com One of our residents at Hillcrest shared that he has a relay phone that he uses to talk to his son that is deaf.


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Pajama Party at Hillcrest

2013-04-09 16.20.52Tuesday April 9th was declared pajama Day at Hillcrest. Staff and residents joined in the fun. Candy was passed out during the day for those that were brave enough to wear their pajamas all day. At 6:30 pm the pajama parade kicked off our pajama party, followed by bingo and a movie. Everyone enjoyed lounging around in their pajamas.2013-04-09 07.45.30

Check out our website at www.hill-crest.com for future events and activities.



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