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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…

FREE Vintage Cooking & Baking Clipart

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Seems like all of my projects are taking their sweet time crossing the finish line these days, so my posting has been light.  I hope you've been enjoying the apparel giveaways from Shabby Apple and Mikarose, and that you'll be sticking around to enjoy some festive recipes, whimsical crafts, and my gift guide for home chefs/bakers in December!  

Speaking of gifts for chefs and bakers, here's a collection of vintage clipart from 1939 (The Modern Hostess Cook Book: for this Season).  It's my little gift to all those who enjoy whisking, sautéing, and flambéing their way through the holidays!



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3 Charming Holiday Crafts
A Little Birdie Told Me...No. 48

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"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success."
--Henry Ford ----------------------------------------
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.
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This weekend, we carried on our tradition of trekking & picnicking in the mountains with good friends before selecting the perfect tree. True, the tree sits in a rickety bucket on the back patio, looking downright uncomfortable in its nylon netted straightjacket, but we're in no hurry.   Encouraged by the low-key, no-stress vibe that made our Thanksgiving celebrations this year such an absolute pleasure, we've vowed to approach the rest of the holidays with the same unhurried cadence.  

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In the spirit of taking your time to cr…

Shabby Apple November Giveaway Winner

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A tremendous thanks to my friends, my readers, both old and new who threw their name into the hat for the Shabby Apple giveaway.
If you didn't win in this go-round, I hope you'll feel encouraged to stick around.
Here are a few reasons why....
As a "follower" of Rook No. 17, you're just a Facebook "like" for Mikarose away from your entry to win a $50 Shopping Spree to Mikarose.com, HERE.
As a "follower" of Rook No. 17 and a fan of Shabby Apple on Facebook, you'll be just a quick comment away from an entry the next time I have the pleasure of hosting a Shabby Apple Giveaway.
I'm in the process of lining up more exceptional giveaways for December!
Plus, you're part of a creative community where ideas for delicious, inspired, and meaningful living are shared EVERY DAY!
---------------------------------- and now, to announce the winner of last night's random drawing...
Kimberly of Momma Needs Chocolate said, "I'd go with the …

Mod & Modest Fashion with Mikarose - Win a $50 Shopping Spree

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"...Expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity - all I hope for in my clothes."  ~ Yves Saint Laurent  \
Rook No. 17 is a gathering place for those with a passion for creativity and desire to bring the beauty, charm and elegance of the past in to the every day of our modern lives.  With that classic elegance in mind, I'm pleased to introduce you to Mikarose. Read on to learn more about the Mikarose fashion line and for a chance to win a $50 shopping spree!

Mikarose is a clothing company specializing in chic modern fashions with a conservative and classic appeal.  The company was born out of the owners' frustration at how difficult it was to find a modest dress, without sacrificing style in today's market.  The extensive Mikarose line includes dresses, tops, skirts, and accessories that can be worn to a broad range of functions from an afternoon in the park to a corporate party.

Mikarose fashions are beautifully made and are affordable.  You can  shop Mikarose onlin…

Mini Mayflower Place Card Tutorial

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I've been in the mood for miniatures lately, and when I saw the diminutive Christmas tree spools at Musings from Kim K, I was inspired to make a spool creation of my own.  Thus was born the Mini Mayflower Place Card.

These charming little place cards are easy to make and use mostly repurposed materials.  If you can fold a paper hat, you can fold a paper boat.  Old book pages, stray buttons and scrap paper can often be found around the house.
Here's what you need to make a fleet of mini Mayflowers of your own:

MINI MAYFLOWER PLACE CARDS


Supplies (per place card) 1 wooden spool 1 3.75" x 2.75" piece of old paper
(book pages and sheet music work nicely) 3" segment of a bamboo skewer Mayflower sail template, below
(personalized, printed out on off-white paper and cut out) Small hole punch Piece of decorative paper to wrap around the spool 
(size will depend on size of your spool) vintage lace or trim button hot glue gun
Step 1:  Fold the 3.75" x 2.75" piece of paper int…

Chanukah in a Jar, Coal Cookies & Tiny Tannenbaums ~
A Little Birdie Told Me...No. 47

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"I've learned that you can tell a lot about person by the way he or she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas lights." 
--Maya Angelou  ----------------------------------------
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.
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Growing up in an interfaith home, we celebrated both Christmas and Chanukah.  Today's features are in honor of both of these special and sacred holidays.

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Chanukah in a Jar
from Altered Artworks
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Coal Cookies
(recipe & printable tag)
from More Style Than Cash
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Christmas Spools
Musings from Kim K

Tiny Pilgrim Hats ~ For Tiny Pilgrims or Thanksgiving Treat Cups

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If you have a die-cutter machine, Lifestyle Crafts has a Thanksgiving die that you're going to want to have for your collection --   The Tiny Pilgrim Hat.  
Truth be told, I don't own a die-cutter (yet).  The Epic 6 from Lifestyle Crafts is on my Christmas wish list.  But, in the meantime, I'm very thankful for having crafty and generous friends who are willing to share.  Last week I enjoyed weathering a rainy afternoon crafting with Holly of 504 Main who let me get all "kid in a candy store" in her collection of dies.  

Regular readers of Rook No. 17 are already familiar with my weakness and fainting-couch-fondness for miniatures.  So, when I saw the diminutive paper pilgrim hat that Holly had made with the pilgrim hat die fro Lifestyle Crafts, I squealed, swooned, and got right to work making a batch of my own.
I had originally thought of using the little hats as treat cups for the kids' table on Thanksgiving, but after jokingly placing one of the hats on …

Eggplant Caviar ~ The Perfect Dip for a Pita Chip

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Smoky, flavorful, and a healthy alternative to cream-based dips, Eggplant Caviar has roots  in both Russia (as baklazhanaya ikra)and France (as caviar d’aubergine).  It is simple to make and has a marvelously creamy texture and a bright, fresh flavor.
I like to serve my Eggplant Caviar with pita chips or toasted pita wedges. I'm always pleased when those who profess to dislike eggplant try this dip and then go back for seconds...

Eggplant Caviar
2 purple globe eggplants (about 1 1/4 pounds each)
2 shallots, minced
2 cloves of garlic, minced or pressed
2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
Juice of one small lemon
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Step 1: Pierce eggplants all over with a bamboo skewer, then roast. You may do this either by placing them directly on top of the burners of a gas range, turning the flame on high, then turning as each side blackens and softens, unt…