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…

Giveaway ~ Sophisticated Style with Mikarose

I love sharing great finds with my friends!  And when it comes to finding a company with clothes that are fashionable, affordable, well-made and fit a wide range of body types, I like to shout it from the rooftops (or at least my front porch).  


So, I'm very excited to share this review of the Cowl Neck Top and Butterfly Necklace from Mikarose (and a Giveaway too)!

Mikarose is a clothing company that specializes in modest, elegant and fashionable clothes and accessories.  Their goal is to synthesize style and sophistication to create lines of modest clothing that you can wear to a broad range of functions.  You can see their full Summer collection HERE.
 

A simple t-shirt with a feminine cut is one of cornerstones of a classic wardrobe.  The Cowl Neck Top from Mikarose (shown here in white) is that perfect wardrobe building piece.  It's feminine and comfortable and is versatile enough to be worn casually with jeans, with a flirty skirt for evening, or under a business jacket.  The cut is perfect -- not too low up top and nice and long at the waist.  I love the little twist at the sleeves and the super-soft and lightweight fabric.  The shirt comes in four colors:  White, Ash Gray, Indi Green, and Pearly Purple.  It is machine washable and sells for only $32.  

Recently, Mikarose added an accessory line that includes necklaces and belts.  I fell in love with the Butterfly necklace the moment I saw it.  I love the vintage look of the antiqued metal, elegant pearls, and the small chiffon flower and metal filigree butterfly.  It instantly dresses up the classic T and screams "Anthropologie", but costs only $9.99.


GIVEAWAY!

How would you like to add the Cowl Neck Shirt or the Butterfly Necklace to your wardrobe?  Perhaps you'd rather have a dress, skirt or tunic?

Mikarose is giving away a $50 shopping spree to one lucky Rook No. 17 reader (in the U.S. or Canada).  Rafflecopter will draw a winner at random on July 16.

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