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…

6 Must-see Upcycling & Repurposing Projects: A Little Birdie Told Me No. 30

"There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all.  Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns."
--Edward de Bono

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.


I'm so excited about this week's features.
In these SIX repurposing and upcycling posts you'll learn how to transform:

1.  Junk Mail into Handmade Paper
2.  Plastic Grocery Bags into Sewable Fabric
3.  Bar Soap into Body Wash
4.  An old Sheet into a Woven Rug
5.  An outdated Bed into a Garden Bench
6.  An outgrown Sundress into a Chic Skirt


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Elmer's/X-acto Craft Bundle,
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1.  Junk Mail into Handmade Paper

Carolyn of Homework
has a tutorial for making handmade paper
and lovely gift tags out of shredded junk mail.

2.  Plastic Grocery Bags into Sewable Fabric
Lynda of Something Created Everyday
shares her techniques for adding layers of color
and design to fused plastic bags.

3.  Bar Soap into Body Wash

Megan of Mommy Minded
has a recipe for making homemade body wash
out of wayward bars of hand soap.

4.  An old Sheet into a Woven Rug

Irum of Dubai Crafter Mom
Goes step-by-step in her tutorial for making
a woven rug out of a bed sheet.

5.  An outdated Bed into a Garden Bench

Toqua of Toqua's Crafts
Uses a thrifted bed frame to make a
beautiful garden bench in this easy-to-follow DIY

Dawn of While She Was Sleeping
Shows how to get extra mileage out of a
child's favorite dress by tailoring it
in to a sweet little skirt.


If you've been featured 
(this week, or in a previous week)
feel free to grab a "featured on" button
from the sidebar.

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


2)  LINK-UP -- Link-up the URL of a specific post -- craft, recipe, DIY project, or anything else you'd like to show-off.  This is not  a place to advertise merchandise you are selling.  If you're interested in promoting your business with Rook No. 17, please visit the "Advertising" section.

3)  POST THE BUTTON OR A LINK-- Grab the code for the button (below) and paste it into your sidebar or the body of your post.

4)  VISIT the 2 LINKS AFTER YOURS --  Linky parties only work if we all do our part to support and encourage one another.

-With the new LinkyTools format, your link will appear first, rather than last-


1) click your cursor in the code box, 
2) right-mouse click and "Select All", 
3) right-mouse click and select Copy. 
4) Paste the code into your sidebar or post.


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