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.
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.
Children’s eyes are more vulnerable to sun than adult’s eyes because their lenses are more transparent, which allow more UV radiation to reach the retina. Use these useful tips to protect your child’s eyes during the summer months.
Jobs are scarce in America. People are getting desperate and creative in looking for ways to put food on the table. Instant Rewards Network promises hope, and is beginning to gain notoriety and people are looking for answers.
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…
Navigating the world of childcare can be like driving through an obstacle course especially when you are a busy parent trying to secure the ‘best fit’ possible…
Affordable web design for small business, entrepreneurs and individuals by MyDesignCrew provides affordable web design solutions for new business owners.
This puzzle tests your knowledge of words representing animal groups. And the animals are loose! Can you put them in their correct group? Write the letters next to the correct numbers below. Each group of 10 numbers goes with the group of letters to the right of them.
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…
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?
Traveling to the East Coast this summer? Here are some places to check out while you’re there!
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.
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…
If you’re not getting enough sleep you may be setting yourself up for anxiety, depression, metabolism issues, a heart attack, or worse. Are you getting enough sleep?
The issue of self-esteem is critical to all success, your children’s and yours. A short translation is: the better you feel, the better you do. Not fancy but true, true, true.
Here’s how it works:
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…
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.
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.
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?
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 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.
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…
A vivid childhood memory of mine was my dear Grandmother giving me teaspoons of sugar because I was so thin hoping that it would make me fat and sassy, like a Kewpie doll.
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.
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…
Second chances at life are few and far between. Find out how some people who have been at death’s door came back to tell their stories!
Fun crossword puzzle in the shape of a 4-leaf clover. Enjoy!
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.
Enjoy a Fun Food Word Find, Open Air Puzzler and Difficult Maze that you can print and take with you!
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…
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 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.
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 Puzzle are like the game show. Find words to complete chains. For example, can you fill in these blanks: WHOLE M____ CHOCOLATE B____
Amazing stories of how Facebook has saved lives, spawned marriages and kept one person out of jail…
I have been making strawberry soda pop cake for more than 35 years at The Shawnee Grill in Vienna, IL. The recipe for strawberry soda pop cake just uses one…
Washington State is home to dozens of breweries that are open for tours, offer great samplers, and even indulge in culinary delights.
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
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.
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.
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…
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.
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!
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.
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.
Here are 10 tweaks to improve Website SEO. Want proof? You won’t believe what happens when you Google the following phrase. But you will be amazed.
Spending time with your children should align with the value on which it is spent. It’s a limited commodity. What better way to spend it than on our kids?
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 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…
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…
Sleight of Hand Magic Man, Yann Frisch is an award-winning French magician who has spent a lifetime perfecting a single trick: Cups and Balls. Don’t look away for a second or you will miss it.
Just what you need on a rainy day; a fresh, homemade bowl of grandma’s soup. This should bring back memories.
Follow these simple rules for making the most of your time and being able to have more of it for the things you really want to do!
Peggy and I love to experiment with crowd pleasing drinks. This is a favorite! It goes with most fish, pork and lamb dishes.
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.
Use these 10 Quick Start Tips for your business and marketing success. Both Instant Rewards Network and Instant Payday Network are great business starter opportunities to get your feet wet and start thinking like a business owner.
My son Jacob and I made this recipe tonight for the first time and it was AWESOME! I found it in my…
Looking down onto the passageway we were reminded of the Monty Python sketch ‘ I used to dream of living in a corridor’. The reality, removed from my romantic pre-holiday imaginings, was that the
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
Our family loves this recipe! I also like to pour the soften ice cream into a graham cracker crust and top with fresh peaches.
Deceptively sweet and tangy, you’ll be making this treat again and again once your family has a taste of it.
Two ways to make pudding – warm and cold – plus some optional additions to try out.
What is ghosting on Craigslist? Ridiculous and devious! You won’t believe they really actually do this. But, you can beat it, and I’ll tell you how.
Craigslist Account Blocked? You won’t believe how to keep from getting your Craigslist account blocked, and how to advertise in any city in the world.
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?
5 exciting things to do in San Francisco are: Monuments, Outdoor Adventures, Eating Out, Sports & Nightlife. Here are our favorites in each category…
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…
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…
Hey Seattleites, looking for a quick weekend getaway or a day trip? Hop on a ferry to discover one of the Northwest’s best-kept secrets.
Is your child emotionally ready for camp? Is s/he the outdoor type? Should young kids go to camp with older siblings? YMCA offers these tips:
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.
Try this easy casserole idea. The kids will love it.
You still in charge, or are you cutting the grass, walking the dog, and whatever because your child won’t, doesn’t have time, or is allergic to helping out?
If you haven’t set aside a specific plot in your garden for edibles, consider integrating edibles into your decorative beds as…
Is it the end of days? Watch this compilation of videos to hear it for yourself. You may get to hear it again soon…
So, how do we achieve humility more naturally in a world full of capitalists? While there may be no all-encompassing answer, the following list might help…
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
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.
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.
Exercise your brain and impress your friends by learning to count to 10 in 10 languages. It’s fun. It’s easy. And it’s smart because our brains…
Here’s a great fish recipe with a Brazilian flair.
It’s not a tropical island nor a dark corner of the Amazon. It’s right here in the USA. No cell phones, no mobile devices, no Wi-Fi allowed for any residence living here…
We just served this the other night for guests with fresh steamed (and buttered) Broccoli. It was a hit!
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.
Keukenhof Park, also known as the Garden of Europe, is the world’s largest flower garden with seven million bulbs planted annually.
Try this delicious recipe that is wildly popular throughout Europe.
And so it is also true that no school district is any better than the lowest point of public tolerance. Knowing the “whys” is one thing.
Learn how to apply for Medicaid without first having to spend down assets.
Why Pinch? Pinching on St. Patrick’s Day is apparently an entirely American tradition. It is believed that wearing green makes you…