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: Pressed Flower Easter Egg Tutorial

After the fun I had last year adhering elegant Silhouettes to Easter eggs, I felt inspired to try embellishing my eggs with a different paper-thin medium this year. 

What could be more naturally lovely and simple than pressed flowers?  These beautiful eggs require only three materials:  eggs, pressed flowers and Mod Podge.  

Lacking the patience to press my own flowers, I sent away for a sample pack of pressed blossoms from Greetings of Grace.  After a bit of trial and error, I determined that the thinner the flower, the easier they are to adhere.  Try to avoid flowers, like daisies, that have thick centers.  Here are some of the types of flowers that work best:  pansies, verbenas, violas, hydrangeas and forget me nots.

Each egg can hold 6-8 blossoms, although I liked the way that the single chrysanthemum on the stem turned out.  The pressed flowers can be purchased in packages and end up costing only a few pennies each.  

Ready to make some?  Let's go...

Easy Pressed Flower Easter Eggs

  • Eggs (hard boiled, or blown if you intend to keep them after Easter)
  • Pressed flowers
  • Mod Podge Gloss Formula
  • A semi-soft, flat paint brush
  • Optional:  A Blas-Fix egg blowing tool

Step 1:  Prepare eggs by hard-boiling or blowing.  Tip:  A few years ago I bought a Blas-Fix egg blowing tool.  It sure beats the migraines I would get from doing it the old fashioned way.  The Blas-Fix is a German tool that uses a small catheter and pump.  It comes with a little tool for drilling a small hole in the egg.  That's it, just one little hole.  No blow-outs.  You can pick one up for less than $6 on Amazon.  I've had the same one for years.  

Step 2:   Brush some Mod Podge on your egg, where you would like the flower to go.  

Step 3:  Use the paint brush to "pick-up" the flower and place it gently on the egg.

Step 4:  Cover the flower with Mod Podge and use paint brush to gently press out any air pockets.  Repeat with remaining flowers.


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