I'm proud to say I share a birthday with one of this country's most noted social activist, abolitionists and leader in the early women's movement--Elizabeth Cady Stanton [November 12, 1815 - October 26, 1902]. Along with Susan B. Anthony, they traveled through these midwest territories to spread the word of women's suffrage after the first Women's Rights Convention in 1848, in Seneca Falls, New York. Unfortunately, Elizabeth died 18 years before women all over the United States held that right by the 19th Amendment.
I'm not going to make this post a whole history lesson, but to say I'm grateful that these women fought for us to have a vote and to honor a part of our country, where women stood right beside their husbands and family or even by themselves, to build a life and forge a living amidst these wild, wide-open spaces. This apron with it's Prairie-like sunflowers is to honor these women.
Here is a list of the states that granted women the right to vote before the 19th Amendment:
1/2 cup warm water (between 105 - 110F-degrees)
2 T (or 2 pkg) active dry yeast
1 T honey
Whisk ingredients together and allow to set for 7 to 10 minutes until frothy; this is called proofing the yeast.
4 cups King Arthur bread flour
1/2 cup Wheat Germ
2 T Whole-grain Bread Improver
4 T Unsulphured molasses
1 T Kosher salt
1/4 cup Sunflower Oil
1/3 cup Sunflower Seeds
1/3 cup Baker's Special Dry Milk
1 1/4 cups water
additional flour as needed
In a stand mixer, using a dough hook, mix the dry ingredients together. Whisk together the water, molasses, and oil and add to the mixer, while it's running. Depending on the weather, you might have to add additional water or flour until the sides of the bowl are "clean" and the dough is being kneaded around the hook.
Quick Shine" and sprinkled some additional sunflower seeds on top. I think you should say what kind of bread this is!
I've met so many beautiful women through blogging and want to pay tribute to them with this post. I also thought about my grandson, Ari, who loves Bob the Builder. One of our favorite DVDs to watch together is where Bob helps Farmer Pickle build a new storage unit for his Sunflower Oil business. I get to be Wendy his helper and listen to him giggle every time he says..."Farmer Pickles!" Enjoy!