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…

Ephemera Elephant Card Tutorial and Template ~
An easy and adorable scrap paper craft!


I just had to craft something today.
I had the urge.
I went with it.

I grabbed my scrap-paper box,
an Elmer's glue stick and a black pen.
I found this little guy patiently waiting at the end. 


They say that an elephant never forgets.

Ephemera, by definition is transitory and lacks permanence.  In elephant form, I like to think that these old scraps of printed material are likely to be around  and enjoyed for a long while. 

What do you think?


You don't need any special tools.
You probably have everything you need at home.
So, grab some paper scraps, your scissors and glue and let's make some Ephemera Elephants!


Ephemera Elephant Cards
-- a scrap paper DIY project --

 Materials
paper scraps
cardboard (I used a cereal box)
elephant template (download HERE for free)
thin black ink pen 
scissors
glue stick
cardstock or 6.5" x 5" cards

Step 1:  Download the free elephant template HERE.  Cut out the pieces.  Trace on to cardboard; then cut out the cardboard pieces.  This will give you nice sturdy pieces to work with. 

 
 Step 2:  Trace the shapes on various pieces of scrap paper.  I used old sheet music, book pages and dictionary pages for the body and bright red paper for the balloon. 

Step 3:  Cut out the shapes on the outside of the black line.  You want to keep the black outline intact (except with the balloon).
  
Step 4:  Fold the hat.  

Adapted from:  http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/family/paper-hats3.htm
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 A:  Fold short end to short end.
B:  Fold in half (left to right) to crease.  Unfold.
C:  Fold left and right corner in to line up with the crease.

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D:  Fold bottom up so that bottom edge meets with bottom edge of the triangles.
E:  Fold a second time to form the brim of the hat.
F:  Flip hat over and repeat steps D&E.

 
Finished hat should look like this.

  
Step 5:  If desired, glue a piece of decorative paper to the face of the card for a contrasting background.  Then, glue the elephant pieces to the card and each other.  Ears should go slightly under the head.

Step 6: Outline the hat with the black pen. Draw some eyes with the black pen.

Step 7: Glue balloon in place.  Draw a string with the black pen.

Sit back and enjoy your work or write a note to a friend! 

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The Saturday Showcase @ Bowdabra Blog
Crafty Soiree at Yesterday on Tuesday
The Weekend Wrap-up Party at Tatertots & Jello 
DIY Club September Contest


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