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…

The LEGO Movie Party: The 3D Emmet Minifigure Cake



It's been a few years since my husband and I collaborated on a 3D cake, but our daughter's The LEGO Movie themed birthday party presented an opportunity that was too fun to pass up.  

 

My husband and I have been LEGO fanatics from an early age, so the idea of bringing a minifigure to life in cake was an adventure in creativity and engineering that we could hardly wait to start.


The birthday girl was delighted to see Emmet on the table when she woke up on the morning of her party.

Here's a little peek at the process from start to finish: 




We started with photographs of an actual minifigure, both front and side views.  We enlarged the photos to the size that we wanted the final product to be.


From there, we began construction on a PVC framework.


We made a large batch of Krispie Treat bricks.  Next, we inserted the bottom portion of the PVC frame into the Krispie Treat block.  The frame clicked into the board just like a LEGO piece.  Once the block was in place, we began to carve the legs.
 

We covered the board and the legs in fondant.  We used rounds of Krispie Treat under the white fondant to mimic the look of the LEGO studs on a baseplate.  Then, we stacked, carved, and crumb-coated our cake for the body.  We set it in place on top of the legs and inserted the arms into the frame.


The head was also made of Krispie Treats.  The arms were done by adding two layers of blue fondant to the PVC frame.


For the decals, we used white frosting sheets printed with edible ink.  You can see in the photo above that we kept our inspiration close by -- the real Emmet minifigure in the lower right.
 
 

For the final touch, we created a custom banner out of the icing sheet paper that mimicked the look of the invitation.


If you're having a LEGO party, I made a blank template of this invitation available for free HERE for you to use.





Here's the finished piece!

To see more of our 3D Cake creations, click HERE.

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