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…

Picture Perfect Packaging for Holiday Food Gifts with Martha Stewart
Including a Coupon Code & Sweepstakes

You've lovingly baked the cookies, dipped the chocolates, and sugared the sugarplums.  Your beautiful edible gifts deserve more than the old paper plate and plastic wrap treatment right?  But it can be costly and time consuming to track down the right boxes, ribbon, labels and other pretties to get that professional bake-shop look, no?  No.

Decorative treat bags, boxes and wrappers from Martha Stewart Crafts add the finishing festive touch to your homemade gifts with no muss and no fuss – so they’ll look as good as they taste!

Recently I had the pleasure of trying out a package of Martha Stewart Crafts Modern Festive Match Box packaging kit.  The kit includes everything you need - except the treats - for five gifts: boxes, labels, ribbon and paper inserts.  I used my boxes to package my newest holiday confection -- Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffles with Raspberry Dust.  The boxes aren't only great for treats however -- Just imagine how darling a little t-shirt or romper would look all neatly packaged inside.  Stripes are always en vogue for Christmas – candy cane stripes, that is. 

Here are some of my other favorite holiday packaging choices from Martha Stewart Crafts:

New this year from Martha Stewart Crafts: illustrated “Wonderland Gingerbread House Treat Boxes” designed to give your baked goods a holiday-inspired home…one you’ll be proud to bring to the homes of friends, co-workers and loved ones! Just be sure to clearly mark the gift tags so everyone knows whose is whose.
Want to give someone an assortment of your favorite baked goodies? The “Cottage Christmas Compartment Treat Boxes” from Martha Stewart Crafts have four sections, all in one gorgeous box adorned with Christmas greetings and timeless red ribbon.
If you’re the snow queen of cupcakes, check out Martha Stewart Crafts’ “Snow Lace Treat Wrappers” with snowflake lace designs in red and icy blue. This elegant pattern also adorns the “Snow Lace Treat Boxes,” which have a porthole on the side to let people see the yumminess within.
Martha Stewart Crafts can even dress up your breads and fruitcakes with the “Wonderland Bakeable Trays.” Beautiful and functional, you can bake right in these trays – then use the cellophane bags, ribbon and labels to turn your confections into gifting perfection.

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You can also enter the Martha Stewart Crafts "Bag Your Holiday Bills" Contest for your chance to win $2,500! Contest entry & details:  HERE

You will find my recipe for Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffles as well as how to make your own Raspberry Dust HERE.

 Disclosure:  I received a complimentary package of the Martha Stewart Crafts Modern Festive Match Box for the purpose of review.  All opinions are genuine and are my own.

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