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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…

A Little Birdie Told Me...No. 61
Featuring St. Patrick's Day Inspirations

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Welcome to  "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Tuesday No. 61! 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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Perhaps it was the luck of the Irish that brought so many creative St. Patrick's Day link-ups to last week's party...
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Printable Poem A beautiful layout and charming original poem from Sweet Anne Designs

Shamrock Rosettes from the Irish Mantel @ Homespun With Love

Mom's Sweet & Sour Cabbage from Cupcakes & Crinoline

Ninja Academy Party~
Enter a Child...Depart a NINJA!

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Cloaked by stealth And dressed in black The Shadow Ninjas Have your back
Forget home security systems! You can train your own elite squad of home-ninjas in less than a day!

This past January, we had tremendous fun putting together this Ninja themed party to celebrate my daughter's seventh birthday.  Inspired by ideas I had collected through Pinterest, and adding a few creative touches of my own, this party came together quickly, easily, and inexpensively.  The kids were engaged in non-stop activities, and left feeling accomplished, proud, ready for bed! 
Ready to train a Ninja squad of your own?  Below you'll find ideas, recipes, tutorials and printables to make it easy.
Scrolled Invitation

Start with an invitation that sets the tone of ceremony and  mystery.  These scrolls are easy to put together.   You'll find the tutorial HERE.
Ninja Shrine of Sweets
 I designed these Ninja Water Bottle Wraps. You can download them for free HERE.
NINJA TRAINING

Teacup Chamomile Tea Cakes

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What a lovely little treat for your tea party guests ~
A chamomile kissed tea cake
served inside a dainty tea cup! 

For week two of the Joy the Baker Cookbook Spotlight & Cook-off, I had the opportunity to try Joy's recipe for Mini Chamomile Cakes with Honey Frosting, and decided to see how they'd bake up inside a set of oven-safe teacups. The results were perfectly charming (and delicious).  The honey frosting was a delightful complement to the floral notes of the chamomile cake. 

The little cakes are tender, light and sweet and would be a perfect match for a dollop of honey-sweetened whipped cream, for those with less of a sweet tooth (like myself). The batter comes together in the shake of a lamb's tail, and the chamomile tea gives a soft golden hue and subtle taste that evokes a meadow in springtime.

Chamomile Tea Cakes (slightly adapted from the Joy the Baker Cookbook) Makes 12 cupcakes or 12 teacup cakes
For the cakes 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted sweet-cream butte…

Carte Postale Stamped Silk Flower Pin Tutorial

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In December, my friend Holly (of 504 Main) and I hosted a small get-together of some of our closest friends for a "Favorite Things" party (inspired by an idea I found on Pinterest).

Each guest brought enough of a favorite thing (a lipgloss, split of champagne, gourmet chocolate, etc) to give to each of the other ladies.  
Holly and I provided a linen tote for each guest, and everyone went home with their bags full of incredible new finds.  Holly and I each made our own version of fabric flowers as a little something extra for our friends.  We attached my flowers, which were on pinbacks, to the tote bags.  Holly's flowers, mounted on clips, were worn by each guest.  Here are the flowers that I made:

The inspiration for my flowers came from a post that caught my eye on Pinterest, originating at The French Cupboard.  
My color palette was inspired by a cream and black silk flower pin that I saw in a local boutique.  The pins were fun and easy to make.  They make a bold statemen…