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…

Dangerous Cake & Magic Straws
Foodie Pen Pals, S. Illinois Edition

This was my second month participating in the Foodle Pen Pal fun from The Lean Green Bean. This go-round I was delighted to be paired up with a gal whose blog I've been following and enjoying for a long while:  Susie of Susie QT Pies Scraps of Life!

Just look at all the fun treats that arrived in my box from Southern Illinois!
Thank you Susie!!

  • Cardinals Peanuts -- Susie and her family live just a short drive from St. Louis.
  • Alongi's Italian Dressing -- The signature dressing from Alongi's Italian Restaurant, established in 1933 in the heart of Susie's small town.
  • Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce -- Another local specialty!
  • Duncan Hines Frosting Creations -- Some sweets from a sweetie
  • Got Milk Magic Chocolate Straws -- For my girls.
  • Recipes & Recollections from the Bethel Lutheran Church & School:  A book of recipes from Susie's church featuring pages full of wonderful recipes (many from Susie herself).

My girls broke in to the magic milk straws right away!

There are several recipes from Susie's cookbook that I'm looking forward to trying, but I couldn't help being tempted by her "Most Dangerous Cake in the World" -- A 3-minute molten chocolate cake you make in a mug!  Scrump!

If being a Foodie PenPal sounds like it might be your cup of tea (or cake as the case may be), here's the rundown from the amazing gal behind all the fun -- Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean

foodiepal large reveal day 

-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.

-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal! 
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month. 
-Foodie Penplas is open to US & Canadian residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We've determined things might get too slow and backed up if we're trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. 

If you’re interested in participating for August, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.

You must submit your information by July 4th as pairings will be emailed on July 5th!

*If you're from somewhere besides the US, Canada or Europe and want to participate, send Lindsay an email and she'll see if there's enough interest this month!

*If you'd like to browse all of the other Foodie PenPal reveal posts for July,
click here.

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