Continuing Ed

Bike and Roll it Forward

Spring is finally here and spring cleaning is next so when you put away your snow shovels and dust off the bikes, check and see if there are any you aren’t using and give them to someone who can use them. Sounds good, right? But how?

Well, the City of Boston has a program called Boston Bikes. Check out their website here. And Boston Bikes runs a bike donation program that gets your old bike into the hands of someone who could really use it with their Roll It Forward Program.

Roll It Forward began as a project of Boston Bikes and the Boston Public Health Commission. Originally funded by a stimulus grant from the National Institutes of Health, the program seeks to make cycling a more accessible transportation option for low-income communities. Roll It Forward collects, repairs, and distributes bikes to low-income Boston residents who might not otherwise have access to a bike. By distributing bicycles and providing bike safety education, the Roll it Forward program promotes a healthier lifestyle of increased physical activity and fewer trips by car. The bikes from the program serve as a family’s first step in adopting cycling as an ongoing activity for health and convenience.

As of January 2015, the program has distributed more than 3,800 bicycles, with a goal of distributing 1,000 total in 2015!

Check out the site for safety tips, a fun quiz and most importantly, how to get your old, unused bikes to someone who could really use them. Roll It Forward partners with local bike shops to refurbish the bikes. Learn more about the process here.

Donate to Roll it Forward

You probably have an old bike in the basement or a few bikes your kids have outgrown. Put them to good use! After you donate your bike, Roll It Forward will repair it and match it up with someone who can use it.

Here’s how:

1. First, check this page to make sure you’re giving us something we can use.

2. Then, choose where to bring the bike. Find the donation collection location nearest you.

  • Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) (offer 20% off one full-price item OR 20% off any bike service!)

Boston/Allston: 1041 Commonwealth Avenue, (617) 254‑4250
Cambridge: Harvard Square, 1 Brattle Square, (617) 864‑2061
Newton: 300 Needham Street, (617) 559‑1575

  • Belmont Wheelworks : 480 Trapelo Road, Belmont (617) 489‑3577
  • Dedham Bike: 403 Washington St, Dedham Square, (781) 326‑1531
  • Giant Cycling World-Boston/The Fenway: 11 Kilmarnock, (617) 424‑6400
  • Back Bay Bicycles — Boston/Back Bay: 366 Commonwealth Ave (corner of Mass Ave), (617) 247‑2336
  • JRA Cycles — Medford: 229 Salem St, Medford, (781) 391‑3636
  • Seaside Cycles — Manchester-by-the-Sea: 23 Elm St, Manchester, (978)526‑1200
  • Sudbury Residents: You can take your bike directly to the town recycling center and request that it be donated to our program. Sudbury Recycling and Refuse Center, 20 Boston Post Road, Sudbury MA 01776, (978) 443‑2209 x 1221

3. Optionally, request a reward claim form: While supplies last, Boston Bikes will send you a jersey/t-shirt (size dependent) OR a Perfect Fuel Chocolate Gift Pack in thanks for your donation. To be eligible, request a claim form by contacting rollitforward@gmail.com and bring the claim form with you to the drop off location so they can sign it.

4. Bring your bike in to any of the above locations and let them know it is for Roll it Forward. They’ll receive it and some shops even offer customers a thank-you coupon for bike donations.

Feel like you can do more? Great.

Volunteers needed! Help us strip bikes of viable parts for our Roll it Forward program on Wednesday, March 9 from 4-8p in Dorchester. We need folks who are mechanically inclined. Learn more and sign up here: http://bit.ly/1QPknH7

Or don’t have any old bikes but think you know people who do? Run a bike drive.

To learn more and to find some helpful tools:

Guide to Organizing a Bike Drive

Bike Drive Flyer Template (customize for your event!)

Find Boston Bikes of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The Perfect Portion Cookbook – perfectly in time.

While we always strive for balance here – sometimes things tip in a not ideal direction. Like keeping to healthy eating during the holidays, or special events or…heck, I’ll say it, winter. So I was thrilled to get to review The Perfect Portion Cookbook and, happy days – this snow day is perfect time to explore comfort food in just right portion recipes. Oh, and happy days? Yes, even more so because Anson Williams, formerly of Happy Days*, is one of the co-authors of this sweet cookbook. Potsie? You ask…can cook? Evidently, and especially when teamed with the NYT best-selling cookbook author Bob Warden and Cornell educated nutrition expert Mona Dolgov.

Here are a few of my favorite recipes from this cookbook that combines comfort food with healthy portions. I’m not great at figuring out what a healthy portion is, so this cookbook is really helpful. There’s even a chart for ideas on how many calories to eat throughout the day. The chart shown is based on 1,800 calories per day but there are guides in the book breaking down both 1,500 and 2,000 calories per day. This is a a general reference guide, as every person’s caloric needs are different. Always consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet or nutrition program.

Let’s start with a hearty breakfast to gear up for snow shoveling, sledding, skiing or just playing outside in the snow! We love avocados -it was the first food for both of my kids – and avocado toast is something we are on board with any time of day. It’s terrific after school snack and great for breakfast on the run. What, you don’t eat breakfast in the car?

No tomato? No basil? No problem – it’s perfect as is.  Or add chia seeds or red pepper flakes to change it up. Did you know you can freeze ripe avocados? You can. Simply halve them and store in zip-lock bag.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For lunch my snow day go-to is grilled cheese and tomato soup – love these two perfectly portioned and delish recipes. I’m switching it up today and making the lentil soup partly because I have all of the ingredients and partly because we are out of sandwich bread. Sigh. That’s a New Englander fail right there. I do have batteries and milk, though and thankfully all the veggies.

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There are 150 comfort food recipes that take you from breakfast to the hearty fare for SuperBowl Sunday, snacks and sweets. I love a good recipe video and here is one for Southwestern Chile that I’m going to try next. You know, after I dig out the car and get to the grocery store.

I’m planning on making these yummy Cheese Crackers next – so many delicious recipes!

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The Perfect Portion Cookbook is available for pre-order now on Amazon $29.95 and will be sold on QVC for a limited time with a special pre-order price of $19.95 plus $5 shipping/handling at this link.

 

Enjoy!

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post although I did receive a copy of The Perfect Portion Cookbook for review. All opinions are, and always will be, my own. Now I have to go dig out the car and get some sandwich bread.

*Included for my, ahem, younger readers.

My Daily Cup from The Atlas Coffee Club

Coffee from The Atlas Coffee Club

It’s been a while since I used our coffee grinder, since there is no shortage of coffee grinding options out there but I was sent a sample of coffee to try from The Atlas Coffee Club and wanted to try different brewing methods so I opted for whole beans.

 

Luckily, the grinder still works, and I brewed this delicious coffee in our new French Press, our old reliable drip coffee maker, and a ceramic sweet pour over brewer. Yes, we do like coffee here, and no, not all in one day! I’ve tried several times in the past to use the French Press but without resounding success until I followed these instructions from the Atlas Coffee Club’s site. Clear, concise, and the coffee was top notch – even our in-house coffee expert thought so! I also loved their instructions for a great cup of pour over coffee – check them out here.

I chose coffee from Ethiopia mostly because of this wonderful description:

ETHIOPIA SIDAMO COFFEE
OUR 2015 ETHIOPIAN BATCH

About the Region:
The Sidamo region of Ethiopia is one of the oldest coffee growing regions in the world, rumored to date back to the 9th Century. In fact, many people consider it to be the birth place of coffee as the world knows and loves it today. The Ethiopians love their coffee so much that even though they are the 7th largest producers of coffee in the world they consume more than half of it domestically!

 
What makes this batch special?
Our 2015 Ethiopian Batch is one of our highest rated batches with notes of dark chocolate, blueberries and a hint of honey. Naturally processed and meticulously dried over 2 weeks to help hold in the berry and citrus flavors, it’s one of our personal favorites and hopefully
will become one of yours. 

They had me at ‘notes of dark chocolate’.

Check out The Atlas Coffee Club on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. They offer a subscription service – get one for yourself or as a great gift for the coffee lovers in your life, or just order the coffee by the bag.

 

I was not compensated for this post but did receive coffee to facilitate the review. All opinions are always my own.

 

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For the Patriots, Red Sox and Bruins fans in your life…OYO Sports

 Sports Fans Unite! Oyo Sports has you covered!

 

IMG_8144Being from New England, our family has some serious life-long sports allegiances, and I’m guessing maybe your family does, too. And if you have little sports fans who are into Legos, you are going to love this. OYO Sports is a local Massachusetts company that makes licensed collectible mini-figures that fit with all major building sets (that means Legos)  They’re collectibles but not precious collectibles which adds up to terrific gifts for my nephews (who are into both Legos and sports teams). Phew, I am all set with my shopping for them. Local company, check. Sports fans, check. Legos fans, check. Wow. I wish all of my holiday shopping was this easy. These cool sets and figurines are a great way to connect your sports fans with the fun of building and open ended play. And, yes, older fans are fans, too. Tough to think of a gift for Dad or Grandpa? A favorite player figure is a great start. Share the fun and get a family gift of the hockey set.

So for us? It’s the Patriots Trainer Cart, Pat Patriot (the mascot) and not to be missed Tom Brady and Gronkowski figures for one nephew, and Wally (the mascot), Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz figures and the Infield set for another. IMG_4281Don’t worry. I have it on good authority that they don’t read my blog – no surprises will be ruined.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out Oyo in nearby stores – available at local Target, Modell’s, Bob’s Dick’s and Kohl’s.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post but did receive some OYO Sports items to facilitate this review. And, yes, I am giving them to my nephews. All opinions are always,and always will be, unabashedly my own.

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