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…

FREE VINTAGE CLIP ART: The Elegance of the Warthog

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My title is a play on "The Elegance of the Hedgehog", a novel by the French novelist and professor of philosophy Muriel Barbery -- good stuff I tell you, good stuff...

After a long week packed with errands, meetings, play dates, birthday & farewell parties, the SITS Back2Blogging challenge, and culminating in last night's Jonas Brothers concert (Note to Joe Jonas ~ You are adorable, but unless you are the second-coming of Freddie Mercury, please refrain from wearing that itty bitty black tank top), I'm feeling much more like a Warthog than an elegant little Hedgehog.

So, I'm takin' it easy with this Sunday evening post. My posts have been heavy on the recipe side lately, so I've decided to mix-it-up a bit with some free clipart. Enjoy! As always, you are free to download these pics and use them for non-commercial purposes. If you create something really FAB with them, please feel free to share it with me here ( There may even be a little Rook No. 17 featurette in it for YOU!

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