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…

Paper Pups: The Ultimate Craft Book for Dog Lovers {REVIEW & GIVEAWAY}

Do you craft with your Corgi...
Bead with your Bulldog...
Sew with your Scottie...
Decoupage with your Doxie? 

As for me, I do a lot of mixed media with my mutts.  Whether you're a fan of the big breeds or the teacup tinies, if you're a creative person with an affinity for canine companionship, I have a book for you:  Paper Pups  by Hiroshi Hayakawa (Lark Crafts, May 2013). 
Paper Pups has 35 fun paper projects for making three-dimensional paper dogs using a combination of origami and kirigami techniques.  The best part about this book (besides all the irresistible canines) is that the projects don't require a lot of special equipment or supplies.  The templates that you need are included in the book and are already to scale.  All you do is photocopy the desired template on to a piece of paper.  Then, use your scissors, a craft knife, and a bone folder (or straight edge) to bring your pup to life!  No glue or tape required!
The projects range from very easy to advanced.  My 9-year-old daughter and I chose the Dashchund, which is rated "EASY" (2nd level in a four level rating system).  The step-by-step instructions were well-written and easy-to-follow.  My daughter got a little frustrated when it came to some of the rounded folds, but all in all she was able to do about 80% of the project all by herself.  Not bad at all!  
We were so pleased with the results and will definitely be making more.  

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Disclosure:  I received a complimentary review copy of the book from Lark Crafts.
I was not compensated for my review and all opinions are 100% my own. 

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