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Summer Foraging Recipe: Elderberry-Blueberry Jam with Chia Seeds

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In the woodland valleys of Central California, Elderflower trees have been in bloom all spring with their prolific, lacy white blossoms.  I've enjoyed making Elderflower syrup, candied elderflowers and sweet Elderflower Tempura.  A few days ago, I noticed that some of the trees are starting to bear fruit -- diminutive, tart little berries, deep purplish-blue growing in heavy clusters.  

Inspired by a love of biscuits and jam, foraging, and adapted from a recipe from Simply Beyond Herbs, I whipped up a simple and delicious jam made from the foraged Elderberries, fresh blueberries and using chia seeds for a perfect jammy consistency.

Enjoy and Happy Foraging!
PrintWith ImageWithout Image Elderberry-Blueberry Chia JamYield: One half-pint jarAuthor: Jenn Erickson Prep time: 10 MCook time: 10 MTotal time: 20 M An easy and delicious sweet-tart jam to make from foraged Elderberries. Ingredients:1 1/2 cups elderberries, rinsedPinch of salt1 cup blueberries, rinsed2 Tablespoons Chia Seeds1/2 Tabl…

LITTLE GREEN GOBBLIN'S ~ A PERFECT AND EASY HALLOWEEN APPETIZER

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My clever and crafty friends Jaime and Lisa over at Sprout Boutique turned me on to this one:

These simple, delicious, elegant and Halloweenishly green appetizers are made using just four simple ingredients:  blue cheese, cream cheese, seedless grapes and pistachios.


Pistachio Blue Cheese Grape Appetizer (a.k.a. "Little Green Gobblin's for the holiday's sake)
1 3-oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
2 oz. blue cheese, crumbled 1/3 cup finely chopped pistachios 1 large bunch seedless red  grapes (40 to 60 grapes)
In a small bowl combine cheeses. Wrap a little of the cheese mixture around each grape to form a ball. Roll in chopped nuts. Cover and chill grapes for 30 to 60 minutes before serving. Can be prepared a day ahead.

JON & KATE ~ THIS COSTUME'S GREAT!

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Halloween brings out such creativity in people! And it can help to relieve our pop-culture induced angst too.

Take for example, my friend Chris (known him since elementary school ~ reconnected recently on Facebook):  His lovely wife Michelle has been often told that she looks like Kate Gosselin.  Okay, so it's a step up from being an Octo-mom look-a-like, or told you have the fashion sense & IQ of the Housewives of Orange County.  Nonetheless, Michelle could do without the comparison.  When Chris and Michelle are out together the problem becomes compounded:  "Hey look, it's Jon and Kate!" (even though Chris bears no resemblance to Jon except the fact that they're both Asian).   

But then, this Halloween, Chris and Michelle needed costumes.  It took some convincing, but once Michelle was on board, her creativity took over.  The couple went to Kohls and Ross to buy "Gosselinesque fashion" (Chris coined this new term).  It was even Michelle's idea t…

The Cutest Halloween Costume ~ Maiden Voyage

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Last year my friend Maureen blew everyone away with the Hot Air Balloon costume she crafted for her daughter. Maureen has very generously offered to share with us her inspiration, her tips and how-to for this absolutely delightful costume that is sure to "carry you away..."

FOR MORE OF THE  "BEST HALLOWEEN COSTUMES YOU CAN MAKE YOURSELF" CLICK HERE.
Rook No 17: This wasn't the first time you've come up with an amazing original costume. So, Mo, tell us: where do you find your inspiration?

Maureen: I usually get my inspiration when I find a unique costume idea that is original and makes me laugh. I find the ideas online, from books or magazines.

Rook No. 17: Do you work from books, online tutorials, or templates? How do you do it?

Maureen: I wing it! I look at a picture of what I am trying to make and try to figure out how to construct the costume. If I think I can pull it off, I draw out my plan and start collecting materials.
Rook No. 17: Could you take us through…

BOUTIQUE CHIC DIY CHEAP SERIES ~ SKELETON CREW

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COST: Under $2/piece
TIME: 15 minutes/piece
DOLLAR STORE CHEAP TO BOUTIQUE CHIC IN A FEW EASY STEPS...
Can you roll paper into a cone? Can you fold an old fashioned newspaper hat? Well, grab your hot glue gun and lets get going...Here's what you need:




Glitter skulls (found mine at the Dollar Tree) Can't find glitter skulls? Buy a cheap plastic skull, cover with craft glue, then glitter liberally.Vintage sheet music and/or book pages (I pick up old dictionaries that are falling apart and would otherwise be thrown in the garbage at the end of a garage sale)Craft glueUltrafine glitter, silverGlue gunPaper cupcake linersTissue Paper Fringe ~ it's called Festoonery, but you knew that already didn't you, you crafty devil? If you don't have festoonery in your bag o' tricks, follow the easy tutorial below to make your own First, open up 4-5 cupcake liners. Put a dot of glue in the middle of each paper, then stack. Glue stack to the bottom of glitter skull to form a sort of …

BOUTIQUE CHIC DIY CHEAP SERIES: HALLOWEEN WREATH

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ASSEMBLY TIME: approx. 15 minutes TOTAL COST: approx. $15
HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
HALLOWEEN SPIRIT (without it, what's the point?)(1) A grapevine wreath from the craft store (got mine at Michael's for $4)(2) Silk Japanese Lantern Stems (got mine at Pier 1 Imports, $2.99/stem)(2) Silk or dried cattail stems (on sale at Michael's for $1.67/mixed fall bunch)Dried Corn Stalk fronds (picked mine up off the ground in the pumpkin patch parking lot)wire or hot glueA few vintage inspired Halloween ornaments. If you don't have any cute little ornaments just laying around your house, here's a tip: Download some free vintage Halloween images from Matthew Mead. Cut out an 8.5" x 11" piece of cardboard from a cereal box (recycling ~ love it!). Most printers will print on this thickness of cardboard. It gives a nice vintage look, and has a good weight to it. Print on blank side (obviously). Cut out. Cover commercially printed side with craft glue and coat with gl…

OH BABY! APPAREL GIVEAWAY...

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One winner will be drawn at random on Sunday, November 1
Your choice of

100% Cotton, made in the USA, babygags onesie, black
“I suck, therefore I am.”
Size 6 mo. –or- 12 mo. Retail: $22 ~OR~ 100% Cotton, made in the USA, babygags Toddler Tee, black
“TRASHTALKER In his contemplations on what is real Plato uttered: “If a baby talks trash in the crib, and no one is there to hear, did the baby really talk trash?” 450 bc, Greece, Diaposium”
Size: 24 mo. Retail: $22 TO ENTER: FOLLOW ROOK NO. 17 (PUBLICLY), THEN COMMENT BELOW TO LET US KNOW YOU DID IT. EASY AS THAT. IF YOU'RE ALREADY FOLLOWING (THANK YOU), JUST POST A COMMENT.

THINK PINK!

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I've been blessed, not once, not twice, but thrice with the fabulous "Over the Top" award and I'm positively tickled pink! So, in honor of October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I'm putting my own unique spin on the award:
Over The Top: Think Pink Edition I'm giving this award to bloggers who go over-the-top with their selfless contributions to our world
My gratitude goes out to:
I am the Glue & Tattoos & Teething Rings for bestowing the honor
The rules to this award are simple (and optional):

1. Please feel free to pass it on to others that you'd like to recognize for "making the world a better place"

2. Encourage your readers to visit the official Breast Cancer Awareness website with this link: http://www.nbcam.org/

Without further ado, the Over The Top: Think Pink Edition Award goes to:

Vashti @ Grains of Sand ~ She directs a non-profit organization in South Africa and writes beautifully and poignantly. Utterly inspiring and ve…

FREE VINTAGE ALPHABET CLIP ART

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Heres a set of charming vintage nursery blocks from my collection.  Please feel free to download and use for non-commercial purposes. 
You're welcome to share your projects on the Rook No. 17 Facebook page. Vintage Nursery Alphabet Blocks A-T Download HERE
Vintage Nursery Alphabet Blocks U-Z Download HERE