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…

Spring Crafts, Recipes & Entertaining -- A Little Birdie Told Me No. 17

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 
join the party after the features below.


Last week's party was full of inspiration,
deliciousness and creative ways to enjoy
the season!  Take a look:

April Showers bring...
...April Shower Parties 
I was enchanted by every detail of this exquisite 
little party from Crossing the Bugger-Dixon Line


April Showers bring...
...May Flowers
Represented here by the adorable

Spring Dirt Cups, Easter Dirt Cups, Spring Dessert, Easter Dessert, Kids Dessert, Chocolate Pudding, Lollipop Flowers, Jelly Beans, Green Coconut, Cookie Crumbs

May flowers need...
...A proper flower bed
Eye Spy DIY shows you how to make


May flowers bring...
...Spring fruit

Fresh flavors 'spring' forth from the
Strawberry-Lemon Curd Tart

Sugared Blood Oranges blossom atop this lovely tea 
cake from Fudge Ripple


May Flowers bring...
...Spring birds

1.  O. Alouette shares the perfect tutorial for making precious little eggs from polymer clay.
2.  Rhinestone Beagle accompanied an inspiring wall art project with a paper mache bird craft.
3.  Homespun With Love shows how to transform simple craft eggs into beautiful robin's eggs.


And let's be honest...
...Spring doesn't always
bring sublime weather

In fact, in many places around the world, 
Springtime can be downright cold and blustery.
So for those of us who embrace the spirit of the season,
but are still cranking up the heater every night,
you can keep your arms warm
and your fashion-forward
with the chic upcycling project from

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Now it's time to link-up and share your creativity!


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