Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Easy recipe on how to make quick Biscotti! ♥


I love biscotti. I have been trying various recipes and here is one that I consider that is sure bet.
It is important to dry out the biscotti, but don't let it get stale.







  • 1/4 lb. (1 stick) butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon anise flavoring
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds (I find slivered or sliced almonds easier to chop than whole. Do not use almond meal. You can use other things like cranberries, chocolate chips, pistachios & etc.)


Blend butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time, blending thoroughly after each.
Add flavorings. (If you like anise, use more.)
Add dry ingredients gradually, mixing carefully.
Mix in chopped almonds (can use cranberries, chocolate chips, pistachios & etc.).
Spread in two loaf-like shapes on large greased cookie sheet (or use two sheets). Don't spread too close to edge; they spread. They should be about 4 inches wide by 8 - 10 inches long.
Bake 20-25 minutes at 375 degrees until light brown. Let cool. Remove from cookie sheets and cut into 1" slices. Arrange on cookie sheetallowing space between. Bake another 15 minutes or so to toast at lower temperature. I use 300 degrees. Let dry completely before storing.

The Case Foundation | How to start a Non-Profit.

This is part of a special series on “accidental entrepreneurs” that showcases inspiring stories and learnings of determination and innovation in business across sectors.
One of the first stumbling blocks that halt or stall great entrepreneurial (whether it be for profit or nonprofit) ideas is money. Who hasn't come up with a great idea, then gave up or never followed through on it, because they didn't think they had the money to start the endeavor?
Well, Nate Westheimer, CEO of, was at the NextGen: Charity Conference in NYC to tell the audience that this should no longer be an excuse. He gave a presentation on how to start up a nonprofit like a startup ... and all for less than 60 bucks!
Here are his 6 steps for how to do so:
  1. Name and identity - $10
    • Buy your “.org” domain name. Average cost is $10 on any site.
    • Start your Twitter & Facebook accounts.
    • Get a logo created pro bono by making your first supporter a designer!
  2. Get a website for free - $0
    • Don’t know tech people? Get a Tumblr site, it's free!
    • If you do know tech people, then use Wordpress. There are a lot more features.
    • Make sure you measure everything with Google Analytics, again, it's free!
  3. Get ready for the money - $0
    Get your donation infrastructure ready through a number of different payment accounts for free, whether it be one or all of the following: PayPal, Amazon Payments, Venmo, ChipIn, etc.
  4. Internal infrastructure - $0
    Sign up for everything you need, from email to shared documents for free via Google Apps Education Edition
  5. Get member/email lists ready - $0
    There are many email campaign services out there, but Nate recommends MailChimp, because it can store up to 1,000 subscribers and send up to 6,000 emails per month for free.
  6. Test acquiring new members - $50
    Place ads via Google Adwords and Facebook Ads. Start off with $25 on each to test it out.

Source: The Case Foundation | How to start a Non-Profit.

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More Abandoned Wonders of America: From Deserted Breweries to Famous Auto Factories......

American Abandoned Building
Much of America’s little-remembered history can be found in largely unknown structures scattered across the United States, some of which are silently falling apart. Many of these have amazing claims to fame and set records in their time – the world’s first auto assembly line or the largest brewery in the US – while others represent outdated building types that recall decades past or even generations before our time. 

Abandoned Beer Brewery Complex

Abandoned Beer Brewery Buildings
Deserted Beer Brewery Buildings
Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Once the largest brewer in America, the Pabst Brewery was opened in the mid-1800s and closed its doors over a century and a half later in the mid-1990s. Over the course of its existence the complex bottled millions of barrels’ worth of beer. For some time the city considered demolishing all associated structures though a compromise was reached and funding was found so renovation for new uses has begun on some of them.

Abandoned Mental Institution for Children

Abandoned Childrens Insane Asylum
Deserted Mental Institution
Waltham, Massachusetts: Perhaps the only thing more disturbing than the many abandoned insane asylums spread across the United States are those scattered few asylums dedicated to children. The Gaebler Children’s Center was opened in the 1950s as a place to separate children from adults in the mental health system. As mental hospitals closed down homelessness and incarceration increased in adult populations so too has this closure led to increased juvenile detention.

Abandoned Factory Town Housing Residences

Largest Abandoned Building Alaska
Alaska Abandoned Building Interior

Whittier, Alaska: The Buckner Building was once the largest building in all of Alaska and housed virtually the entire population of the area. In the 1960s an earthquake rendered it unsafe to occupy and it has been abandoned ever since. So why not demolish it? It is quite simply more effort than it would be worth: the only way to remove the debris would be by a very limited-capacity tunnel or by sea.

First Automobile Mass-Production Facility

First Auto Assembly Line
Abandoned Ford Auto Plant
Highland Park, Michigan: A little-known building on the outskirts of Detroit, Michigan, was once home the to the first automobile production facility in the world to feature an assembly line. Ford’s claim to fame began in the Highland Park Ford Plant in the early 1900s in this revolutionary building that now sits essentially abandoned. Currently the structure is used to house assorted documents and artifacts.

Abandoned Military Academy Complex

Abandoned Military Academy Buildings
Deserted School Building
Augusta, Virginia: Founded at the end of the Confederacy in 1865, the Augusta Military Academy (originally the Augusta Male Academy) remained open for nearly one hundred years before closing its doors forever in 1954. The building remains relatively intact and was even used for an episode of Fear on MTV though the name of the school was changed to deter ghost hunters and urban explorers.

Abandoned Drive-In Movie Theater

Abandoned Drive In Theater
Hartford, Connecticut: There is nothing like the demise of an entire building type to usher in a new form of ubiquitous urban abandonment – and the Hartford Drive-Through movie theater is no exception. With the slow decline of such establishments few have found ways to reuse large rural parking lots with small and awkward associated buildings and big outdoor screens so many, like this one, simply sit deserted.

Abandoned Church and Boarding School

Deserted Chapel Building
Abandoned Chapel Building
Torresdale, Pennsylvania: Eden Hall was once a proud French Gothic Revival church developed in the mid-1800s as part of an early boarding school complex including classrooms, dormitories, a library and a gymnasium – most of which were destroyed in a fire in the late 1970s. Unlike other abandonments featured here this deserted building was unfortunately recently destroyed by fire just a few years back.

7 more abandoned wonders, amazing ones in New York, Pennsylvania, Cali...

Abandoned Spooky Graveyard Structures
Ever see an impressive derelict structure and wonder just how a building so elegant, sizable or centrally located could be abandoned? There are amazing abandonment's all over the world, but some may be closer than you think. Many are even located right in the heart of major cities like New York or Los Angeles and are decades or even centuries old. From zoos to steel mills, prisons to offices complexes and monasteries to cemeteries here are 7 abandoned wonders of the USA.

Abandoned Cemetery in New York

Abandoned Spooky Cemetary Chapel
Rochester, New York: Built in the early 1800s, Mt. Hope Cemetery was the first municipal cemetery in the United States with graves older than the official graveyard itself. Such famous persons as Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglas are among those buried there in everything from lawn crypts and columbariums to family mausoleums. It seems strange, then, that the chapel at such an historically significant location would be abandoned to the elements, though it remains elegant even in its disrepair.

Abandoned Prison in Pennsylvania

Abandoned Prison Building Complex
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Western Penitentiary is over a century old and was finally abandoned a few years back, only to be reopened a few months ago. The site was, in a way, one of the world’s most temporary abandonments, left in pristine condition during its period of disuse and lending itself to the surreal experience of a recently working prison for visitors. Originally used in the 1800s to house Confederate Army war prisoners, it is now used for medium to low security containment of inmates requiring drug and alcohol treatment.

Abandoned Factory in New York

Abandoned Steel Architecture Complex
Abandoned Steel Factory Buildings
Lacawana, New York: The Bethlehem Steel Company was once the second largest steel mill in the United States. They manufactured everything from railroad cars and bridge and building parts to World War II battleships. After nearly 150 years in operation, the company finally declared bankruptcy less than a decade ago and has left behind a series of remarkably intact abandonments.

Abandoned Island in New York

Abandoned Island Industrial and Medical Complex
North Brother Island, New York: This abandoned 20-acre island sits amazingly close to the bustling center of New York City yet is completely unused. It was home to a hospital in the 19th Century, then housed veterans after World War II before becoming one of the first drug treatment centers for teens in the 1950s. Corruption and failure caused the facility to close and the island has since been off limits to the public, though some urban explorers have made their way onto it anyway. The island was also the site of an infamous shipwreck in 1904 in which over 1,000 people drowned or burned to death.

Abandoned Tech Office in California

Abandoned Computer Office Building Complex
Palo Alto, California: During the dot-com bubble, Sun Microsystems experienced incredible growth and rapidly expanded in all areas including personnel, infrastructure and office space. Sun has since had ups and downs and has streamlined their operations and few people think twice about the amazing remnant abandonments they have left behind, save for a few intrepid urban explorers. Along with other things, the (above) adventurers found shotgun shells, cans of malt liquor, rows of servers and even working light fixtures.

Abandoned Monastery and School Complex

Abandoned Monestary and School Buildings
Staten Island, New York: St. Augistine’s Monastary sits atop Grymes Hill and was once a school but now has been closed for over a half a century. Originally built as a school for boys, it was later converted and then sat idle until purchased in the 1980s. Each new owner, though, has since fallen into debt and the school was eventually purchased by a local college to avoid unwanted development, yet even Wagner College apparently has no plans to develop the property.

Abandoned Los Angeles Zoo Site

Abandoned Old Zoo Buildings and Enclosures
Los Angeles, California: The Griffith Park Zoo in Los Angeles is neither the oldest nor the newest of L.A.’s massive animal habitats. Though this location was abandoned decades ago it is unusually available to visitors even today. It isn’t every day that a set of abandonments not only survives for generations but also remains available to the public as a kind of museum or window into the past.

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