Amanda Williams

Backyard upgrades for a year-round oasis

If you’re finding it difficult to say farewell to all the fun you enjoyed in your backyard this summer, now is the perfect time to make upgrades that let you enjoy your outdoor living space all year long. When making changes to a comfortable and familiar setting such as your own backyard, it’s important to […]

Grilling with grains

If your outdoor grilling menu calls for easy, gluten-free dishes to accompany your favorite flame-kissed foods, sorghum may be your secret to success. Sorghum, an ancient cereal grain, is a highly versatile ingredient that can be used in a wide range of preparations, such as leavened and unleavened breads, fermented and unfermented beverages and a […]

The ultimate guide for the smart traveler

With Americans traveling more than ever today, both domestically and internationally, it’s important to develop smart traveling habits. Whether you are venturing around the world or road-tripping across your home state, traveling smart is a must if you want to get the most out of your vacation without spending more. According to a Bank of […]

Foothill dining: Simplify weeknight meals

Busy weeknights call for meals that can be prepared quickly, but there’s no need to compromise on flavor and quality. One way to save time is combining fresh ingredients with frozen sides, such as those offered by Alexia Foods. Made with premium, natural ingredients and creative flavor combinations, they lend a deliciously gourmet complement to […]

Foothill dining: Simple seafood recipes for Lent

For those finding the recipe repertoire growing stale as the weeks of Lent pass by, it’s the perfect time to experiment with new seafood recipes families will love. In fact, there may be new dishes to serve all year long. Seafood makes a delicious centerpiece of any meal and preparing seafood can actually be quite […]

Say hello to sorghum

An ancient grain with roots that trace back as far as 8000 B.C., sorghum is seeing a resurgence as demand for non-GMO and gluten-free food grows. Sorghum is an excellent substitute for those with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance and can be used to make both leavened and unleavened breads, various fermented and unfermented beverages […]

Important eye health information for baby boomers

As you age, your body goes through many changes, including differences in eyesight which can negatively affect day-to-day activities. You may have noticed these differences while trying to read the morning paper or getting dressed for the day. While this change — also known as presbyopia — is normal (even for individuals who have always […]

Foothill dining: Make it better with bacon

The rich smell and crisp, smoky flavor of fresh sizzling bacon is a temptation few diners can resist. Indeed, some 53 percent of Americans eat bacon at least once a week, according to a recent survey by Smithfield. This love for bacon is fueling a culinary craze for bacon-infused and — inspired foods — everything […]

Aging in place

Most people prefer to stay in their home or apartment for as long as possible. The best way to make this a reality is to plan ahead of time to make the amenities in your home as safe and accessible as possible.   Home modifications Living at home longer may mean renovating a home to […]

Foothill dining: Grill Up an Incredible Steak

T-bones — the best of both worlds Quite possibly the ultimate steak, the T-bone embodies the rich blend of varied beef flavors that steak lovers crave, from tender and mild to bold and beefy. On one side of the T-bone is the filet mignon. French for “dainty fillet,” the filet mignon is considered the most […]

Five days to a healthy life style

If kicking off a life-changing fitness and nutrition program seems daunting, try taking smaller steps to make it feel more manageable. Knowing just where to start can be the biggest hurdle but once you’re on your way, you’ll find yourself on the path to new healthy habits before you know it. Breaking down a whole […]

Three tips for staying healthy over 50

A healthy lifestyle is necessary at any age but for those over 50, it’s especially important. As you age, your body changes and your risk for health problems increases. Fortunately, there are three simple things you can do to lead a healthier and happier life.   Eat heart healthy If high blood pressure isn’t controlled […]

Foothill dining: All the lean ways to love pork

As new food and health trends appear across the country, pork makes the list as not only a delicious menu choice but one that is both lean and versatile. With so many cuts to choose from, pork makes it easy to explore new flavors while staying on track with a health-conscious diet. Here are some […]

Foothill dining: Fresh tips for game day dips

When family and friends gather together to watch the game, loading up the table with a variety of easy-to-grab, flavorful appetizers is a winning plan. After all, casual food and good times are what game day is all about. In the world of appetizers, dip is king. From savory to sweet, this simple tailgating party […]

Training tips for a socialized, healthy pet

Pet education Just as important as housebreaking and good behaviors, socialization is a vital part of a puppy’s training regimen.   The importance of socialization For families with a new dog in their home, getting started with this essential training should begin right away. In fact, the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) takes […]

Nutrition labels decoded

Take a trip to the grocery store and you’ll encounter miles of aisles stocked with thousands of food products. Every product has a story to tell or better yet, sell. Information printed on packages is helpful but it’s often confusing and even a bit misleading. While lists of ingredients and the nutrition facts panel are […]

How to love your heart

Tips for heart-healthy living (Family Features) It beats about 100,000 times a day, 35 million times a year. It pumps blood through the body three times every minute, taking that blood on the equivalent of a 12,000 mile trek every 24 hours. Even at rest, it works twice as hard as the leg muscles of […]

December 24, 2012 | Posted in The Other Side of 50 | Tagged | 2 Replies

Holiday gifts baked with love

Peppermint mocha chip cookies Nothing says “love” like fresh baked cookies and treats. This holiday season, give the gift of homemade goodness — and enjoy spending time with your loved ones. Make it a family “bake”tivity Get the whole family together and create a makeshift Santa’s Workshop. Have one person measure all of the ingredients, […]

10 easy weight loss tips to help you slim down

When it comes to losing weight and getting in shape, Jamie Walker, co-founder and president of the online health community Fit Approach (, knows a thing or two. A Yoga Alliance certified instructor and boot camp leader, Walker is also the winner of multiple marathons. “Losing weight and getting in shape is more than just […]

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