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: Faux Mercury Glass Pedestal Bowl
(From Dollar Store or Thrift Store Finds)

I've loved seeing a resurgence in the popularity of mercury glass. It's showing up everywhere these days, but true mercury glass can be prohibitively priced.  


Fortunately, creatives in blogland have figured out a simple technique for mimicking the look so that you can whip up a whole collection for the price of a single piece from a store.

Combining the technique I learned from Katies Rose Cottage, and a popular dollar store craft, I've made my own version of a Mercury Glass Pedestal Bowl that I saw HERE for $65.95.  My version cost only $2 (plus the small amount of paint and glue I used in the project). 

Faux Mercury Glass Pedestal Bowl DIY

Glass candlestick
Glass bowl
E-6000 Glue
Krylon Looking Glass Mirror Spray
Spray bottle filled with 50/50 water/vinegar
A soft lint-free cloth (or Viva paper towel)
I purchased these two pieces from the Dollar Tree.  Total cost:  $2
Step 1:  Run a bead of E-6000 around the top rim of the candlestick.  Set bowl centered on top.  Allow to dry 24 hours.

Step 2:  On a covered work area, invert pedestal bowl and spray with a light coat of Krylon Looking Glass.  Immediately spray with water/vinegar solution.  Dab lightly with a lint-free cloth to distress.  Allow to dry (the paint dries quickly). 

Step 3:  Turn bowl over and repeat on other side. 

Step 4:  I did a second coat of paint and vinegar to achieve the look I was going for.  A second coat is optional. 

Once dry, the bowl is ready to display as an elegant accent to your home.  


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