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August 20


Saint of the day:
Saint Ronald

Saint Ronald's Story

A warrior chieftain in the Orkney Islands, Scotland. According to tradition, he made a vow to build a church, fulfilling the pledge by erecting the cathedral of St. Magnus at Kirkwall. 


Rognvald grew up in Norway, where he was known as Kali Kolsson. He also had a sister, Ingirid. Kali was a fine poet and in one of his poem claims to possess nine exceptional skills; having mastered board games, runes, reading and writing, handicrafts such as metal work, carving and carpentry, skiing, archery, rowing, music, and poetry. The sagas support this view of Kali as able and skilled: “Kali Kolsson was of average height, well-proportioned and strong limbed, and had light chestnut hair. He was very popular and a man of more than average ability.”






St Magnus Cathedral




We are celebrating with a Scottish recipe because our Saint was from Scotland.


Empire Biscuits


  • 2 cups butter, softened

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted

  • 1 cup raspberry preserves

  • 24 maraschino cherries

  • 8 cups confectioners' sugar

  • 1/2 cup milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth.
    Gradually stir in the flour until well blended.

  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness.
    Cut into rounds using a cookie cutter.

  4. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on
    baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

  5. Sandwich one teaspoon of jam between two cookies. Repeat with remaining cookies.
    In a medium bowl, gradually stir the milk into the confectioners' sugar until the icing is of a
    spreadable consistency. Spread on top of the sandwiched cookies.

  6. Top each cookie with half of a cherry while the icing is still wet.

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I feel like watching Brave...hmmm...

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