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…

Calling all Creatives: Win an Elmer's Looks for Less Prize Pack

Did you know that Elmer's glue was invented in 1942 by a Georgia Tech chemistry graduate? The company was sold to Borden in the mid-1950s, which is why the Elmer's mascot, Elmer the bull, looks so much like his "sister" Elsie who graces the Borden label.

I can't speak for those who grew up in the 1940s, but as a child of the 70's I can definitely say that my earliest memories of childhood creativity were with Elmer's glue and school paste -- inevitably there was always a kid in every class who thought that eating the paste was a novel idea. I'm glad to say that that child was never me. But I digress...

Flash forward almost forty years, and you'll find me today still using the same reliable Elmer's products (and some new ones too). I recently had the opportunity to participate in the Elmer's Looks for Less Challenge where bloggers were asked to recreate popular home design looks with Elmer's & X-acto products. My entry was a reproduction of the Metro Train Station Clock from the Restoration Hardware catalog. Theirs sells for $995. I put mine together for $25. That's what "Looks for Less" is all about.

In conjunction with Looks for Less, Elmer's is giving TWO lucky Rook No. 17 readers a Looks for Less Prize Pack. Here's what's included in each pack:

Black 20x30 Foam Board  
White 20x30 Foam Board  
CraftBond All-Purpose Glue Stick  
CraftBond Repositionable Glue Stick  
CraftBond Extra-Strength Glue Stick  
X-ACTO Designer Series Gripster Knife  
Painters Assorted Colors Set

Two names will be drawn at random on Saturday, December 17 at 11:59 PM PST

To enter:

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