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…

The Ultimate Crafting Tool for Holiday Bakers and Entertainers ~ #MarthaStewartCrafts Circle Edge Punch {Review}

 'Tis the season for homemade food gifts and the warm hospitality of holiday gatherings.  If you delight in the details like embellishing your table or creatively packaging your confections, you will want to ask Santa to mark his calendar for Tuesday, November 13...


On November 13, Martha Stewart Crafts is introducing a new and completely innovative tool in the creative world of crafting: the Circle Edge Punch!  I can't say enough about this tool!  It's like a personal all-in-one party and packaging factory.  It requires no electricity, no special skills and is so, so easy to use! 

With this single tool, you can make doilies, placemats, party hats, garlands, lacy invitations, cupcake sleeves, bonbon baskets, treat cones....and more!  The creative packaging possibilities are endless!  Do I sound excited?  Well, I am!

These are just a few of the embellishments I whipped up using the Martha Stewart Crafts Circle Edge Punch.  

Martha Stewart will be on HSN on Nov. 13 to launch the Circle Edge Punch.  Here are some of the wonderful features that you'll see her demonstrate:
  • Punch a continuous, die-cut border in 7 different sizes for paper up to 12 inches
  • No pre-cutting of paper is necessary
  • Trims the paper while punching
  • Additional circle edge punch cartridges are available for a wide range of punch designs
Beside all the creative possibilities, what I love most about this tool is that it's well designed.  The instructions are easy to follow and after making only two doilies I felt like a pro!  The ingenious use of heavy-duty magnets in the construction keep you and your project on track and your cuts precise  

 So, where can you (or Santa) get one?

The Circle Edge Punch will be available exclusively on HSN and while supplies last—and once they’re gone, the Circle Edge Punch won’t be available again until after the holidays. It’s not going to be available in stores anywhere.

So, November 13....
...mark your calendars.
Got it?

I had fun coming up with this whimsical little paper tree on the fly.  With your favorite scrapbook papers, an old candestick and candle, and your Martha Stewart Crafts Circle Edge Punch, you can have your own little enchanted forest of paper trees in an afternoon!  

To make the paper doily trees...
  • Start with a taper candle firmly inserted into a candlestick.
  • Make paper doilies of several descending sizes.
  • Start with the largest size on the bottom.
  • With scissors, make a snip from one side of the doily to the center.
  • Form doily into a cone shape of the desired height and width (trim off excess overlap).
  • Tape or glue the sides together where they overlap.
  • Snip the top off of the cone, creating an opening just large enough to fit over the candle.
  • Slide cone over the candle and into place.
  • Continue with alternating colors and patterns, decreasing the size with each layer.
  • For the top piece, do not snip a hole.  Simply put a dab of glue inside the top of the cone and set in place on top of the wick.
  • For an extra bit of sparkle, spray with adhesive and sprinkle with Martha Stewart glitter.

For more inspired ideas for how to Get Crafty at Home for the Holidays! visit!

Speaking of adding a little sparkle...Each Monday through 12/31, 5 lucky fans will win a $100 online shopping spree.To enter, visit the “Crafty Mondays” Sweepstakes tab on the EK Success Brands Facebook Page  for your
chance to win! Or use these quick links: 

You can enter once a day, and be sure to check the Facebook page every Monday to see who the five winners are!

Disclosure: This is not a paid review. I received a Martha Stewart Crafts Circle Edge Cutter at no charge for the purpose of review and I absolutely, positively, genuinely love it!
Ease of use:  5/5
Quality:  5/5
Giftability:  5/5
Multitasking:  5/5
Would I give one to a friend?  YES  

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