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…

Easy Felt Trick or Treat Bucket -- Guest Post from ModistaModesta

Please join me in welcoming Sonia of ModistaModesta as a guest blogger here at Rook No. 17.   Sonia taught herself to sew at the age of 11, which she soon followed with quilting, cross-stitch, embroidery, stamping, scrap booking, and beading. That's one crafty bird!  She works for, a company that produces software for textile artists.  This talented mom has a degree in Fashion Design and currently has some of her original PDF sewing patterns available for sale online (click HERE). 

Today, Sonia has generously offered to share her 
FREE tutorial (and pattern) for making a felt Halloween Bucket!

Hi I'm Sonia from ModistaModesta and I'm very glad to be here as a guest of Jenn's. I hope you enjoy the following tutorial:

After spending hours hunting down or sewing the perfect halloween outfit, you don't want to accessories it with a big orange plasitc pumpkin do you? You don't need to be an expert sewer to make this Easy Felt Trick or Treat Bucket.

Click here to download the sewing pattern and Ghost, Pumpkin and Bat graphics.

You will need: 1/2 yard of Felt - the color of your base fabric Small pieces of Felt of the other color you want to use 1/2 yard or so of Wonder under

Fabric Markers (optional)

Fabric Glue (optional) Get Started: Print and put together the pattern pieces. Print and cut out any clip art images you will use. Cut 1 Bucket body piece on the fold Cut 1 Strap on the fold Cut 1 Bottom circle (single)

Working with Wonder Under: When you purchase it at the store you can ask for a sheet of directions. Wonder Under is webbing that has glue on both sides. It allows you to glue fabric on fabric. This process is call Applique. First take the clip art images you cut out, place them upside down on the side that has the paper (the other side will feel bumpy). Trace your images:

Cut them out:

With your iron on Wool setting iron your graphic to the wrong side of your fabric. If you dont' have directions you just put your iron down and press firmly for 5 to 8 seconds then pick up and move to another section of the image until you have ironed the entire image.

Let it cool, and then remove the paper backing from your fabric:

Position your fabric image right side up on the bucket where you would like it arranged. Iron in the same manner as before to glue it to the bucket body.

If you have images that need some extra detail you can use fabric markers to draw it in:

Sewing the Bucket: Fold the bucket body right sides together. Pin the side seam, and Sew it:

Pin the circle bottom on to the bucket bottom, and Sew seam:

Fold strap in half lengthwise, and stitch a long seam along the edge:

Pin Straps to bucket:

Sew Two rows of stitching on the strap, the first along the top edge of the bucket and the second along the bottom edge of the strap. Repeat for second side of strap.

(optional: if you don't want to use the wonder under - you can use fabric glue, I have used it in the past, It's fast but I don't like that the edges will curl up if you don't get enough glue along the edge of your fabric images. So if you use glue make sure to get a lot along the edges.) You can get really creative with your images drawn or use transfer sheets, or have your children draw on a paper cut it and turn it upside down to transfer it to the wonder under backing.

I've linked-up this tutorial at Fabric Fun Thursday!

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