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…

Marshmallow Cottontail Peeps on a Stick -- Sweet, Simple & Fun Easter Recipe

Here comes Peter Cottontail
Hopping down the Bunny Trail
Hippity, Hoppity Easter's on its way

Two of my favorite and most nostalgic Easter sweets are chocolate covered marshmallow bunnies and Peeps®.   So, my girls and I decided to combine the two classics, resulting in:

These sweet bunny silhouettes
are so simple to make and taste incredible!

Here's all you need:

Marshmallow Peeps® Bunnies
Lollipop Sticks 
(found in the cake decorating aisle of most craft stores)
Candy melts, bark or tempered Couverture Chocolate
Mini marshmallows

Step 1:  Line a baking sheet or tray with wax paper (no need to use expensive parchment)

Step 2:  Prep your Peeps® by inserting a stick as far as it will go without coming up through the ears.

Step 3:  Prep mini marshmallows by trimming off 1/3 with scissors.  Keep the larger pieces and discard the trimmings.

Step 4:  Melt your chocolate.

Step 5:  Dip bunny into melted chocolate.  Tap off excess chocolate into the chocolate bowl.  Set on wax paper lined tray.  Add a marshmallow cottontail.  Repeat.  

Step 6:  When tray of chocolate dipped bunnies is complete, refrigerate for a few minutes to help chocolate set.

I originally posted this same recipe and tutorial here on my blog when it was called Rook No. 17 back on 4/5/11.  All content is original and mine.

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