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…

Snowman Bagels ~ An Adorable & Easy Holiday Party Food for Kids

Quick, Easy, Adorable, and Delicious...

Snowman bagels are a fun little project to have in your repetoire when planning for kid-friendly snacks for the classroom or holiday celebration.  Everything you need can be picked up from the grocery store and they come together in the wink of a snowman's eye.  Kids have fun making them too!

Snowman Bagels
Makes 24

  • 1 dozen mini bagels
  • 16 oz. whipped cream cheese
  • 1 can large pitted California Black Olives
  • 24 baby carrots

Step 1:  Cut the bagels in half

Step 2:  Spread with cream cheese

Step 3:  Insert carrot nose

Step 4:  Chop olives in small squares for the mouth and in large squares for eyes (I used a pair of kitchen shears to get the nice round shape).  

Step 5:  Put eyes and mouth pieces in place.

Step 6:  Serve 

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