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Bonnie’s Birthday in Amsterdam

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In March Bonnie Buck celebrated her 71st birthday by taking a great trip to Amsterdam. One picture she posted on FB – of bicycle parking – piqued my interest . . . Thanks Bonnie !

Am 2,500 bicycles


 In this bike friendly city,  Amsterdam’s problem is of the two- rather than four-wheeled kind. Duncan Geere looks at a potential solution.

According to Geere, with 200,000 official bicycle parking spots, the city’s supply of spaces falls woefully short of accomodating the 300,000 bikes that can be found in public spaces at any one time.

Engineers at the IBA, the Amsterdam department of engineering, think they’ve developed a way to help fill this shortfall with a series of “automatic hangers mounted on the city’s roofs.” A company called Velominck, which has been building underground bike parking garages in the city since 2005, seems to be willing to try them out.

“Here’s how it’d work. When you arrive at your destination, you find a Velominck station and swipe a transport card against a terminal so it knows who you are. A door opens, and you clip your bike into a robotic arm, which then pulls it up a transparent elevator to the roof. It can then be safely stored there until the owner returns and swipes the card again — which summons the bike down from the rooftop.”

With completion of the first autmoated rooftop parking system expected to take five years to complete, “the IBA is working on ways to improve the efficiency of existing bike storage facilities,” in the meantime.

Pecan Pie Muffins – Did I hear you just say, “Yum?” Thank Gina Karnes – The Pampered Chef on FB

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Pecan Pie Muffins

Pecan Pie MuffinsIngredients

1 cup packed light brown sugar
½ cup all-purpose flour
2 cups chopped pecans
2/3 cup butter, softened
2 eggs, beaten


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease mini or regular muffin cups generously. Grease them well or they will stick. In medium bowl, stir together brown sugar, flour and pecans. In a separate bowl, beat the butter and eggs together. Stir in dry ingredients just until combined.Spoon batter into muffin cups about 2/3 full. Bake for 12-13 minutes for mini muffins or 15-17 minutes for regular size muffins. Run a knife around the edge of each muffin and pop it out.

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