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…

Everything's Coming Up {PEEPS} Bunnies Bouquet ~ A Dollar Store DIY

I'm so excited to share this sweet little Easter craft!

It's easy,
and scrumptiously charming!

Inside each silky tulip blossom
is a soft and sweet marshmallow bunny.

You can find almost everything you need at your local dollar store (except the Peeps themselves).  
Each bouquet takes only a few minutes to make.

Everything's Coming Up Bunnies Bouquet
Time:  approx. 5 minutes
Cost:  approx. $3/bouquet

  • Marshmallow Bunny PEEPS (7-8 per bouquet)
  • 1 bunch silk tulips (I found pink, purple, white and yellow at my local Dollar Tree)
  • 1 sheet scrapbook paper per/bouquet
  • clear cellophane
  • scissors
  • transparent tape
  • 4 round toothpicks, broken in half

Step 1:  Insert a toothpick half, pointed end down, into the center of each flower.  TIP:  I found it best to try to insert the toothpick in the hole in the center that attaches the blossom to the stem.  Avoid displacing the stem by inserting the stick next to, rather than on top of, the stem.  It's a tight fit, but is sturdy this way.

Step 2:  Insert a marshmallow PEEP bunny in top of the toothpick.  This will hold it in place.  Straighten out any petals or stamens that were displaced during the process.  Repeat with remaining bunnies and blossoms.

Step 3:   Roll a paper cone out of coordinating scrapbook paper.  Use a piece of transparent tape to seal the edges.  Insert bouquet.

Step 4:  Roll bouquet in a sheet of cellophane.  Seal edges with a piece of transparent tape.


This post has been linked-up with:
The Crafty Soiree @ Yesterday on Tuesday
BFF Open House @ The Answer is Chocolate 
SITS Sharefest 
The Hoppity Easter Craft Party @ Sew-Licious 
Countdown to Spring party @ Domestically Speaking 
The Easter Flash Craft-Off @ Craft Quickies
The Spring Fling Party from Flamingo Toes & Homework   
The Spring Hop hosted by:   Buns in my Oven, Eats at Home, Hoosier Homemade, MomAdvice, Nest of Posies, Positively Splendid, The Pennington Point, and WhipperBerry.
Easter Week @ A Girl & a Glue Glun

AND featured on Dollar Store Crafts


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