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…

Halloween Open House ~ Tour, Tricks & Treats

Welcome to the second annual Halloween Open House at Rook No. 17 where you'll get a little peek at how we've haunted the halls of our 1893 Victorian this year. 

First, please enjoy some hospitality...
(looks like we need to put some meat on those bones)

TRICK:  Owls?

TREAT:  Owl Deviled Eggs

TRICK:  Green Goblins?
TREAT:  Pistachio & Blue Cheese Grapes

TRICK:  Terrariums?
TREAT:  Chocolate Terrarium Cakes with Marshmallow Moss & Fondant Toadstools

TRICK:  Skulls?

And now, the tour...

(slideshow runs just over 2 minutes)
(Music:  Frost Waltz, courtesy of )

Below you find links to tutorials for making some of the vintage inspired decorations seen in the slideshow.  Most were made on the cheap -- with supplies purchased from the dollar store.

Click HERE for a tutorial for making this glittering Skeleton Crew from dollar store supplies. This year I mounted the skulls on glass candlesticks from the dollar store.

Click HERE for a tutorial on how to make this Family Tree wreath. Plus, you'll find a free download for the vintage photo mattes.
These little skeletons from the Dollar Tree can be posed fairly easily and look pretty cute in their party hats.

For a tutorial on making the Black Bird Blocks, click HERE. The tutorial for making the folk art pumpkins is HERE. Both projects use supplies from the dollar store.
Click HERE for the tutorial on making this Edgar Allan Poe inspired piece.

Thanks for coming!

This post has been shared with the Fall Mantel Party @ Debbiedoo's.


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