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Helen's Mulberry Lane Farm Journal




Christmas 2014

Announcing Mulberry Lane Farm Bulk Products eStore!

We are excited to now offer bulk supplies for the home economist right here on our website! Most of the items we offer are organic, non-GMO items. Free shipping on all orders large or small!

Freshly milled cornmeal, oat flour and several types of wheat flour are just a few of the flours we offer. If you want to grind your own wheat, we offer wheat berries of several varieties. Different types of popcorn seeds, a popular item this time of year, are available in large and small quantities. You can even buy wooden clothespins and wooden matches in bulk!

We love bulk items. Saves paper, labelling, packaging! Go green and buy bulk!






On the left hand side of our website, under eStore, you will see links to the different products we now carry. We are adding new items daily, so keep checking back. You can pay for items via PayPal. If you don't have a PayPal account, no need to have one! Simply pay via credit card through the PayPal checkout process.

To celebrate the opening of our new eStore, we are offering a 10% off sale on all rolled oats! Rolled Oats Sale lasts for one week, ending midnight on Tuesday, December 16th, 2014. Your purchase helps keep our organic family farm in operation! Thank you!





Organic Rolled Oats

All Natural Rolled Oats



Feeding a crowd over the busy holidays? Great recipe below on how to make Baked Oatmeal!

Rolled Oats Recipe

My daughter Jennifer (mother to 6) sent me this baked oatmeal recipe. Great way to feed a hungry crew for pennies a serving!

Baked Oatmeal

1 1/3 cup oil
2 cups brown sugar
4 eggs, separated
8 cups oatmeal (Mulberry Lane Farm Oatmeal)
5 tsp baking powder
2 tsp salt
3 cups milk

Mix egg yolks, sugar, and oil. Add oatmeal, baking powder, salt, and milk. Beat egg whites to a peak with electric mixer. Fold into oatmeal mixture, stirring gently. Pour into a greased casserole dish* and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Delicious served with maple syrup, homemade jam or dried fruit!

*Recipe has been doubled so it may take two 9x12 pans. It was enough for two breakfasts for Jennifer's family of eight.



Sammy says, "I got one!"
Our son Tim with his nephew,
Sammy, Jennifer's fourth child.
Looking on are Jennifer's Katie and Toby.



Expand Your Vision and Your Giving


by Rachel (Aardsma) Contreras



Joey, Rachel and baby Emma
Thanksgiving 2014



This year, Joey and I were excited to participate in Operation Christmas Child through our church. This program, run by Samaritan's Purse, allows us to reach into the life of a child in a third-world country in a practical way: by providing him or her with possibly the only Christmas present the child will ever receive.

Our church provided us with small shoeboxes as well as instructions and limitations on how to fill the boxes. We chose the age group and gender of our recipients (we picked 5 - 9 year-old girl and 10 - 14 year-old boy) and then went shopping. It was a sobering and eye-opening experience to walk through the store selecting the items for the boxes as the reality of the limitations sunk in: things like, no items with batteries (because the children won't have replacements when the enclosed ones die) and no war-related toys or items (because the children likely live with war as a frightening reality). The instructions told us to pick non-liquid, non-perishable toys, school supplies, and basic hygiene items. The items we chose included a doll, a jump rope, a soccer ball and pump, socks, notebooks, pencils, crayons, hair ties, combs, washcloths, bar soap, and toothbrushes.



Operation Christmas Child


I think participating in Operation Christmas Child is going to become a yearly tradition for our family, especially as Emma gets old enough to participate. It takes place at the perfect time: right at the beginning of what is usually an incredibly self-centered and materialistic time in the U.S., the holidays. Filling a shoebox with items that we take completely for granted like soap and combs, for a child who may have never owned such things before, provides a much-needed reality check and paradigm shift. Participating in Operation Christmas Child is a wonderful way to start the holiday season with an attitude of thankfulness and a spirit of giving.





Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year from our family to yours!

All because of One Small Child,
Helen
     


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