Summer Foraging Recipe: Elderberry-Blueberry Jam with Chia Seeds

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…


If you haven't already read about the wonderful "take-action" group "CARDS FOR KIDS", please read the post below.

The girls had some friends over today and I decided that it was a perfect opportunity to put my money where my mouth is, so to speak
(i.e. make some cards... for kids).

Here's the "recipe":

1 very worthy cause
2 8-year old girls
2 4-year olds, assorted
6 glue sticks
1 glue gun
1 Martha Stewart ballpoint-tip glue pen for fine glitter detail
cardstock and scrapbooking paper
glitter, buttons, doodads and plastic spiders
muffin cups & doilies
Halloween printouts (thanks to Matthew Mead, Martha Stewart, and my favorite: Emily at Inside a Black Apple)
Miscellaneous ephemera (old sheet music, schoolbook and dictionary pages)
The kids had a great time creating from the craft table smorgasbord, and were excited about the fact that their creations are going to other children.

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