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…

Vintage Parlour Game DIY:
How to Make a Faux Mercury Glass Set of Dominoes

The game of dominoes is a classic family amusement that is enjoyed all over the world. Not a mere game of chance, this centuries-old pastime involves strategy and skill as well as a bit of luck. Domino sets come in many sizes, but a set of “double nines’ containing 55 pieces is a nice portable size, allowing you to take your game to the park, picnic, or back porch.

Traditional dominoes were made from ivory, bone and ebony. Today, most are made from plastic or resin. 

Here, dominoes get an elegant modern update with a vintage twist. Bold typography replaces the classic dots (or “pips”), and the tiles themselves are made from glass. 


Faux Mercury Glass Dominoes
(Double Nines)


  • 1 12x12 sheet rectangular glass tiles (approx. $10 in the tile section of the home improvement store) You will need 55 tiles in all to complete the set 
  • Domino Typography Sheet, downloaded and printed
  • Mod Podge Gloss waterbase sealer
  • Small paint brush
  • Mod Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer spray, gloss finish
  • Krylon Looking Glass spray
  • A spray bottle filled with a solution of ½ water and ½ white vinegar
  • Soft lint-free cloth or paper towel

    1. Remove tiles from the mesh backing.  Soak in a bowl of hot water for five minutes.  Then use a soft-scrub sponge to remove the glue from each tile.  Dry and set aside.
    2. Print both pages of the Domino Typography Sheet on plain white copy paper.  With scissors, cut out each domino face by trimming inside the black lines.
    3. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the white side of a tile.  Apply a paper domino face and press out any air bubbles.  Repeat with remaining tiles and set aside to dry (approximately 10 minutes).
    4. Arrange dominoes with the number side face-up on a sheet of newspaper.  Spray a coat of acrylic sealer and allow to dry. Repeat.
    5. When sealer is dry, flip tiles over on a clean sheet of newspaper.  Spray backs and sides of glass tiles with mirror spray.  Immediately follow with a spritz of the water/vinegar mixture.  Allow 2 minutes to set, then lightly blot with a cloth or paper towel to achieved desired level of antiquing.   Set aside to completely dry for 1 hour.
    6. With silver sides facing up, spray the dominoes with acrylic spray to seal and protect the faux mercury glass finish.   
    7. When tiles are completely dry, you're ready to play! 
 *Tip:  Experiment with creating the mercury glass finish on a few blank tiles before antiquing the pieces with domino faces.

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