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…

DIY: Silhouette Easter Eggs

I love the charm and old fashioned elegance of the silhouette.

For this year's Easter eggs I decided to stray from the usual palette of pastel & polka-dotted whimsy; opting instead to play off the natural alabaster of the eggshell with a sharp contrast of elegant black.

The wonderful thing about this technique is that it doesn't require special transfer paper or expensive equipment. 

If you have some white tissue paper, Mod Podge, a glue stick and a printer, you can make Silhouette Easter Eggs without spending a penny!

Silhouette Easter Eggs

Eggs (hard boiled if you plan to eat them, or blown if you want to keep them)
White tissue paper (ironed flat if it's wrinkly)
Silhouette images (I used the beautiful free images from The Graphics Fairy)
A sheet of copy paper
A glue stick (I like the Elmer's Craft Bond Repositionable)
Mod Podge
Paint brush
An old gift card or club card to use as a refining tool 

Step 1:  Find some silhouette images that you like.  I found mine from my favorite source of free vintage graphics, The Graphics Fairy.  Copy the images and paste them in to a word processing document.  I resized my images to approx. 2" high (or wide for the horizontal oriented graphics).

Step 2:  Run your glue stick along the top edge of a piece of copy paper.

Step 3:  Lay a piece of tissue paper on top and press to adhere along the glue line.

Step 4:  Trim tissue paper so that it is the same size as the copy paper.  Feed in to printer so that document will print on the tissue side (glue end first).  Print silhouette document using a "DRAFT" setting.  This will avoid saturating the tissue with too much ink, which could bleed later in the process.

Step 5:  Cut a silhouette from the tissue paper, trimming tight to the edges with just a slight white border.

Step 6:  Brush Mod Podge of the section of the egg where the silhouette will be applied.  Apply tissue silhouette, upside down so that the ink side contacts the glue and egg.

Step 7:  Brush Mod Podge on to of the tissue silhouette, using the brush to flatten the tissue and work out any air bubbles or wrinkles.  You can also use a finger, gently, to smooth out the tissue.  It took me an egg or two to perfect the technique.  Don't get discouraged.  A few wrinkles is okay.  You'll buff them out in a later step.  Set egg aside to dry.

Step 8:  When Mod Podge has dried, use the edge of an old gift card or store club card to smooth out any remaining wrinkles.

Display and enjoy!

I posted this DIY on this blog when it was under its old name Rook No.17 on 3/30/12.  All content is original and under my copyright.

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