Summer Foraging Recipe: Elderberry-Blueberry Jam with Chia Seeds

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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…

Magic Cookie Bar Pie - The Easiest Pie EVER!


If you love Magic Cookie Bars, 
this is the pie for you.
If you only have five minutes to spare,
 but want to bake a pie from scratch,
this is the pie for you.
Can't decide -- cookies or pie?  
This is the dessert for you.
Hands busy with crafting and need to enlist some child labor?
Your kindergartner can make this recipe.


Let's get started...

Magic Cookie Bar Pie
Makes one 9" pie

Prep time:  5 minutes
Bake time:  35 minutes

  • 1 6 oz., 9" prepared graham cracker crust
  • 1 (14oz.) can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2/3 cup butterscotch morsels
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped pecan or walnut pieces
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Pour entire can of condensed milk evenly into the graham cracker crust.  Layer the remaining ingredients, in the order listed.  Place pie pan on a baking sheet (this will help the pie bake more evenly) and bake for 35 minutes (edges will be bubbly and brown).  Cool to room temperature on a wire rack (for several hours), then serve.


Cleanup is a snap too!
No pie plate or bowls to wash!
Now that's sweet!

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I was inspired to create this recipe because of today being Pi Day (March 14, 3.14) and by the Magic Cookie Bar (Hello Dolly) Cookie recipe at Everyday Insanity.

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