January birthdays: Lucretia Mott, Alice Paul, Carrie Chapman Catt, Caroline Severance, and others! Two videos: Cook and celebrate.

Celebrate with a Vimeo video about January birthdays.

I love birthday parties! And January has had enough birthday celebrations to justify digging the traditional English scones demonstration out of the files of Suffrage Wagon Cooking School. January features the birthdays of Lucretia Mott, Alice Paul, vintage-canning-labelsCarrie Chapman Catt, and Caroline Severance as well as other women’s rights activists.

I’ve been reading a biography of suffragist Caroline Severance, a terrific work by Virginia Elwood-Akers. More about Caroline as I read again, with pleasure, the story of yet another (relatively unknown) suffrage activist who devoted her life to the cause. She grew up in the “Cradle” of the women’s rights movement in the U.S. (the Finger Lakes) and went on to became a mover and shaker in California. The book is a labor of love. As the author plunged into decades of research, she stumbled on the fact that Caroline knew her great-grandfather in California. And from there, the story of Caroline Severance only gets better.

With even more cold weather on the horizon, the thought of something baking in the oven while brewing a pot of tea sounds great, doesn’t it?  I’ve seen fresh strawberries already in the market recently. Nothing locally grown to be sure, but a treat like scones and strawberries will get special attention from your guests and family members.

This demonstration from Suffrage Wagon Cooking School was reason enough for me to update the page on the news channel. Check into Suffrage Wagon Cooking School for previews of what’s to come in the kitchen.

Here’s the video with the step-by-step instructions, for traditional English scones, custom made with the suffrage movement in mind.

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5 responses to “January birthdays: Lucretia Mott, Alice Paul, Carrie Chapman Catt, Caroline Severance, and others! Two videos: Cook and celebrate.

  1. Just want to thank Marguerite for mentioning my book on Caroline Severance, a WONDERFUL, little known suffragist. If anyone is interested, please contact me at virgoea@aol.com. Thanks, Virginia

  2. I agree, Virginia. I never heard of Caroline. But from what I can tell, she devoted her life to bringing about a right so many of us took for granted until Marguerite started reminding and reminding us.

  3. I love scones, but I’m not making them Chef. This is one recipe that it’s much easier to pick up a scone at the bakery. But they are expensive. Probably as expensive as making them myself. Think I’ll try scones that I can drop by the spoon.

  4. Following the suffrage wagon is down home fun.

  5. Thank you Mary Howards. Dropping scones onto the baking sheet is more my speed too. But I liked seeing it done the hard way. Maybe once a year for the roll and cut method. After the strawberry preserves and orange marmalade are set out on the table, it’s only minutes before it’s time to sweep crumbs off the floor.

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