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…

Valentine Projects You'll Go Nuts For -- Part of "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Linky Party #3



Welcome to "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Tuesday!  If you're here to share a craft, recipe or project post, you'll find the linky and the specifics on how to strut your stuff below.



No need to be squirrelly...If you're here to read, browse, or are just curious, please stick around, scroll down, and see if there's a little somethin' that catches your fancy -- perhaps a new recipe, a craft idea, or new creative technique!

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Last week,
A Little Birdie Told Me...

...Creative People were going NUTS for VALENTINES' Day


Last week's entries were choc full of nuts:

1.  PECANS:  Self professed "butter groupie" A Whisk and a Prayer shared her marvelous recipe for Butter Pecan Praline Bars.
2.  CHESTNUTS:  Camilla tempted my palette with a sophisticated Spiced Chestnut Biscotti at Culinary Adventures with Camilla.
3.  PEANUTS:  Not one, not two, but five layers of decadent peanut-buttery goodness in the Peanut Butter Pie Parfaits from Inside BruCrew Life.
4.  PEANUTS:  A loving gesture from her husband was the genesis of this perfect recipe for Sweet Peanut Butter Cookies from Lisa at The Pursuit of Happiness.

And there was plenty of inspiration for creative way's to show the one's you love that you're nuts about them:


1.  FOR HIM:  Print and sew Date Night Gift Card Holders with a few simple techniques (like printing directly on fabric from your home printer) at Flamingo Toes.
2.  FOR HER:  Learn a simple technique to make stunning and sparkly Epson Salt Candles at Trendy Pockets
3.  FOR HOME:  Can you believe this lovely Valentine Wreath is made from an upcycled pizza box, scrapbook paper and coffee filters?  I {heart} this project from The Answer is Chocolate.
4.  FOR THE KIDS:  Emily of La Force Be With You shares a technique for stenciling CUSTOM SHIRTS using freezer paper. 

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Now it's time to link-up and share the wonderful things that you've dreamed up!

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Rules, Regs, Formalities and Tantalizing Tidbits
1)  FOLLOW:  Be a "Follower" of Rook No. 17
2)  LINK-UP:  Link-up the URL of a specific post (not your blog URL) you'd like to share.  It can be a craft, a recipe, a DIY project, or anything else you've created that you'd like to show-off!  You are welcome to link-up more than one post.
3)  POST THE BUTTON:  Grab the code for the "A Little Birdie Told Me..." button (above) and add it to the end of your post, or on your blog side-bar.
4)  Show the other birds some comment love by visiting the the two links that precede yours.

If you'd like to be considered for a Spotlight Feature in next week's party:

5)  COMMENT:  Please leave a comment letting me know the thumbnail # of your link (You can find this by putting your cursor right over your link).  Everyone who comments will have a link to their project shared on the Rook No. 17 Facebook page.  

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