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…

Six Creative Twists on Easter Egg Decorating ~
A Little Birdie Told Me...No. 66

A hard boiled egg is elevated to an edible artform when pressed in a Japanese egg mold while still warm.


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I can't help it.  I have spring decorating and eggs on the brain.  This week, my girls and I made some simple silhouette Easter eggs using tissue paper and Mod Podge.

Today I'm featuring some freshly hatched egg decorating ideas using all types of different materials:

Butterfly Eggs
from Creative Passage
 Base: Plastic, Resin or Blown Eggs
Decorated with:  Dictionary Pages & Mod Podge

Paper Punched Eggs
from Alderberry Hill
 Base: Styrofoam Eggs
Decorated with:  Punched paper flowers & straight pins

Embellished Felted Eggs
 from Musings by Kim K
Base: Felted Eggs from Target
Decorated with:  Millinery flowers & Wooden bunny ornaments

Fabric Scrap Wrapped Eggs
 from Vixen Made
Base: Plastic, Resin or Blown Eggs
Decorated with:  Fabric scraps and hot glue

Mosaic Eggs
 from Sweet Anne Designs
Base: Hard-boiled or blown eggs
Decorated with:  Egg shells and glue

Stamped Decoupage Eggs

 from Sweet Anne Designs
Base: Hard-boiled or blown eggs
Decorated with:  Stamped Tissue Paper & Mod Podge

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