Welcome to American Family Magazine

This is a relaxing place for family and friends from all walks of life to seek inspiration to help enrich their travels along life’s highways and byways. Please come sit on our front porch and have a nice tall glass of iced tea while our family enjoys your company and your family enjoys our stories. You will find many great family recipes written by home cooks, chefs and catering specialists from all over America. When the economy took a turn for the worse, we began providing information for entrepreneurs. Our Handyman, Health and Gardening sections are very popular, too. We hope you enjoy your visit to our family magazine, and thanks for stopping by.

American Family Magazine

Warmer Weather Wakes Bears

Daffodils are blooming and black bears are emerging from their dens unseasonably early. Spring weather has arrived in parts of the Pacific Northwest, and along with the warmer weather, bears are already becoming active.

Home Treatments for Spider Veins

Spider veins are characterized by a smaller version of varicose veins. Most commonly found around the ankles and thighs, these tiny veins may cause a red, blue, or purple discoloration below the surface of your skin. The main cause…

Secret Summer Fun in Seattle

Can you keep a secret? People who are not from Seattle think it rains all year. We know different. And we know how to cram a summer of fun into…

What’s Up Doc?

In one edition of American Family Magazine we had a puzzle called, “What’s Up Doc?” where we asked our readers to match the cartoon characters to their famous phrases. How many can you name?

Premarital Sex and Consequences

The consequences of the actions of one generation ARE visited on the next, and also on the ones before. Parents do not stay together and provide a loving home and family example for their children. Their children do not understand the value of a carefully chosen mate who could bring a lifetime of joy to the new family. Sadly, their life goals become muddled as they begin to engage in sexual activity before their brains and emotions are developed enough to understand.

Avoid Using the “F” Word

It’s not what you think it is. But it is a word used carelessly, often loaded with frustration, and sometimes as the pointed sword of anger and revenge.
The word is…

Maintaining a Clear View

I would like to address the part of your home that is both indoors and out: the windows. Lets begin outdoors. No matter how old your windows or your home, the routine maintenance is the same. Begin by…

Magical Petals of the Calendula

So queenly that Mary Queen of Scots declared her beauty in her rhyme and, “…reigned in her garden most sublime.” Marigolds, or Calendula in its Latin formality, are the unassuming, golden flowers with a pungent odor.

Portland, Oregon – For Kids of All Ages

Spring break is just around the corner. What are you going to do with your kids for a week? If you have the time and inclination, consider a trip to Portland. Portland is home to a slew of kid-friendly activities — indoors and out — designed for children of all ages.

Landscaping Design

Winter’s winding down, the soil’s warming up, and the garden calls to us! Is your garden calling out for renovation or redesign as your family grows, your needs shift or your interest in the garden changes?

Full Money System Scam

The Full Money System scam intro video is painful to sit through. Lie after lie is told about the Full Money System scam. Let me tell you a secret about this.

Guy Steals Stunt Plane at Air Show

Guy steals stunt plane at air show nearly killing himself and the show’s spectators. Watch him get thrown out of the cockpit as he tries to land and the plane spins wildly out of control.

San Francisco Secrets

The eateries, the night life, the history and the fog; San Francisco secrets abound! Founded June 29, 1776, the beloved city on the bay has survived a…

Hilarious Neighbor Floodlight Email Battle

Curtains are usually the key to community accord, but they would need to be eight-inch-thick lead sheeting. Last night, with my curtains closed and bedside light off, I read a book. Wearing sunglasses. Under a blanket.

How Being Social is Being Rude

Some teachers have a policy where if they catch you texting your overall grade suffers. Just because typing is not disruptive, it doesn’t give us a free pass to be rude…

Antioxidant, Nutrient-Filled Gems

Pomme d’Amour… She started her career in the Americas but was shunned because of her family heritage, that of Deadly Nightshade. So begins the odyssey of our tomato, long disputed as to whether she is a fruit or veggie and with a questionable heritage to boot.

Olan Rogers Stories – Ghost in the Stall & Comeback Kid

I don’t remember how I happened upon the Olan Rogers stories or vlogs channel but that turned out to be a gold nugget day. Immediately, I was hooked on Olan Rogers stories and his addictive storytelling prowess from the very first video. Who is this guy? Why have I never heard of him? Dare I place him among the ranks of Uncle Remus and Mark Twain? I believe I might. Who didn’t want to have Uncle Remus and Mark Twain as real uncles? Comments on his YouTube pages suggest that…

Ultimate in Luxury: Parrot Cay

A peaceful, pristine oasis awaits, just southeast of the Bahamas. The Turks and Caicos, consisting of about 40 islands and cays, is one of the best kept secrets in the Atlantic Ocean. Home to the third largest coral…

Oregano: Walk the Wild Side

Oregano is a force to reckon with both in the kitchen and while he fortifies the garden from interlopers. Being a pal to other herbs is not his style, but he will tolerate creeping thyme making a fuzzy little carpet at his feet.

People Are Amazing 3

This is an amazing video compilation of some unbelievable people doing incredible stunts. The production is very well done too. This will be one of those videos you share with your friends! Use the social buttons below to share it on Facebook, Twitter, Email, etc. Enjoy!

Chain Reaction Puzzles

Chain Reaction Puzzle are like the game show. Find words to complete chains. For example, can you fill in these blanks: WHOLE M____ CHOCOLATE B____

Grasshopper Drink Recipe

Grasshopper Drink Recipe: First, a joke… A grasshopper walks into a bar. The bartender says, “Hey! We have a drink named after you!” The grasshopper says

Computer Literacy

If the kids are destined to learn by mere exposure to computers in their daily lives, then facilitating more “screen time” is perhaps unnecessary, and maybe even detrimental.

Garlic – Workhorse of Prevention

Paintings and sculptures of garlic were found in Egyptian tombs where it was revered as a cure for over twenty-two common health ailments. Even King Tut had a clove of garlic tucked by his side for the trip to the afterlife.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Capsicum, you might guess, turns peppers into fire balls, but it also gives a boost to the body as a stellar pain blocker. Commonly it is used in over the counter pain relievers such as…

Mysterious Forest Dwellers

I used to love watching Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom with Marlin Perkins. It was about the only way we could see rare and interesting creatures from interesting places around the world without leaving home.

Funny Laughs

Dad at the Comedy Barn – Watch as the host unravels and the two guys flanking “dad” in the middle are reduced to tears from laughing. You will have a good laugh, too, I guarantee!

Does Your Teen Suffer Anxiety Disorder?

Does your teen suffer anxiety disorder? An anxiety disorder manifests in teens in a multitude of ways and affects their health, grades and social interactions. Look for anxiety disorder signs in your teen before it gets out of control. It’s very common to feel anxious from time to time, especially if you’ve got an important interview, an exam or a medial test looming, but some people struggle to control their nerves and experience feelings of anxiety on a regular basis. If you have difficulty controlling your emotions, you constantly feel on edge or you worry about the smallest thing and it is affecting your day to day life and personal relationships, you may have an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorder factors for teens Teenagers today have a very different life to young people in previous generations and they are under a lot of pressure. Modern teens feel pressure to look good, to confirm with ideals within society and to perform well at school or college and some may struggle to keep on top of things. Children undergo a lot of tests and exams now, as well as doing coursework and homework and this can be very challenging for many, especially those who have special needs. Bullying is also a major source of anxiety among teenagers. Bullying has changed and evolved over the years and it does not just constitute playground banter or throw-away comments anymore; bullying can now be carried out on many fronts, from face to face verbal bullying and physical abuse to cyber bullying. Peer pressure is a problem for many young people and there is always pressure to...

Family Time Omelets – Labor-Free Breakfast

Family Time Omelets are a great way to prep your morning breakfast the night before, and have some quality family time in the process. When overnight guests visit, you can spend your morning enjoying breakfast with your guests instead of laboring in the kitchen.

So What is a Family?

Given that the blog is called Family Talk, I thought that a discussion about the concept of family would be apropos. The definition of a family tends to be a moving target. The family unit that we grew up in is often very different from what children experience today.

Passion Flower

American Indians introduced the colonists to wild herbing which included the Passion Flower vine and its many health uses. It was in their pharmacopeia to treat what we call insomnia, hysteria and…

Bedtime Battles: 10 Tips to Avoiding Them

Bedtime Battles: 10 tips to get your children into bed, stay there, and go to sleep peacefully while you maintain your sanity. Bedtime battles plague many first-time parents. You are not alone. Parents who have been to the battlefronts profess the best answer is to…

Cinnamon Challenge

Here’s a group of people taking the Cinnamon Challenge…and failing. So funny, in an evil sort of way. Note that most of the challengers are still in their teens or twenties. A trait that seems consistent is that some of the smaller particles are inhaled into the lungs which, more than  likely causes the cloud burst effect. I cared too little to look it up. It’s funny. Enjoy it for what it is. Please share with friends and...

Patriotic Videos

American Family Magazine shares with you these inspiring videos dedicated to the men and women of our military. Thank you for your fight to keep us safe and free. Tussing If I Die Arlington Thank You, Soldiers – Sung by Tussing Elementary third graders, this video will move you and inspire you! Memorial Day Tribute – “If I Die Before You Wake” Arlington by Trace Adkins – This is a beautiful song as told through the voice of a fallen...

Healthy Hobbies

healthy hobbies relieve stress. They make us who we are, they set us apart from other people, and they give meaning to our lives. Many people don’t heed this advice…


Lind, Nilsen, Fuentes, Holm – Hallelujah (LIVE) in concert These four guys create an amazing harmony.

With or Without You

With or Without you – Covered Live by Espen Lind, Kurt Nilsen, Alejandro Fuentes and Holm – the guys who also sings the moving rendition of...

Fresh Peach Daiquiri

Peggy and I love to experiment with crowd pleasing drinks. This is a favorite! It goes with most fish, pork and lamb dishes.

Zoe & the Swamp Monster

If your children are like mine, sometimes they get in a mood where hiking ranks right up there with walking to school. On days where it takes a little extra incentive to get them to lace up their boots, the Swamp Trail on Tiger Mountain might do the trick.

Pecan Cinnamon Sticky Buns

For this month we are sharing ideas for breakfast and dinner, but a couple of the recipes are perfect to take to the potlucks that seem to pop up

Peach Ice Cream & Pie

Our family loves this recipe! I also like to pour the soften ice cream into a graham cracker crust and top with fresh peaches.

How I Built a Successful Home Business Without Shady Tactics

Mostly, I’ve found that you can just list your ad honestly and everything will go well. But, some sites are so jaded, and rightly so, because of scammers, that anything that looks remotely curious can get flagged … So here is where you start to consider your options… You tell yourself, “Well, I could use some methods I learned on YouTube that will “hide” me and prevent my account from being blocked. Afterall, my ad is honest. And I’d hate to have my account blocked over a misunderstanding.” This is that very thin line I mentioned earlier. So, what do you do?

Home Improvement Porch Makeover

Worn-out mismatched shoes scattered about, a mud-caked welcome mat, and the pile of sporting equipment from last weeks game. If your front porch makes you cringe, here are some ideas that will have you throwing a porch party in no time. Begin with your front door as the centerpiece of your porch. Install a stylish…

Values: Life’s Keenest Game

Why don’t our children appreciate the same things we do? The answer is: we both don’t have the same values.
How important is good health to a 10 year old? Which of us has a 12 year old demanding to get his teeth cleaned? Has your 8 year old been perusing college catalogs recently? No, no, and no. And why not? We don’t appreciate…

The Herb of Love

Basil graces the kitchen garden with scents of cinnamon, lemon, clove, licorice and mint. His pedigree is long and stalwart with regal relatives from the mint family.

Grandma’s Apple Recipes

I always wondered where grandma got her recipes. Try out these delicious, timeless classics: Apple Dumplings, Upside-Down Apple Pecan Pie and Apple Maple Crumble Pie

Mousse de Kahlua

Start up that grill at least one more time before winter sets in. Begin the evening with a classic Mexican cocktail and end with refreshing Mousse de Kahlua.

Carne Asada

Start up that grill at least one more time before winter sets in. Begin the evening with a classic Mexican cocktail and end with refreshing Mousse de Kahlua.

Doctor’s Day; March 30

This day is celebrated to show appreciation to our doctors and nurses.  Have you ever wondered about the people who developed ways to keep us healthy? Explore the lives of some amazing doctors and gain a unique insight into the lives they led and the challenges they faced in – “Amazing Doctors Vol 1” engaging audio only...

Beale Cipher – 16 Hidden Messages

Based on a true legend of the famous unsolved code.

The film contains 16 hidden messages that hold clues to the characters’ secrets. Eight are fairly easy requiring only a close eye. Six are moderately difficult using various encryption methods. Two are extremely difficult requiring a genius mind to decrypt.

Einstein; March 1879

Einstein born on March 14, 1879 “The important thing is to not stop questioning Curiosity has its own reason for existing” Discover his inspiring life story as if he is sitting right next to you in “Meet Albert Einstein”

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