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: The Key to Easy Painted Plates, Mugs and Bowls

Any chef will tell you that the key to good cooking
is starting with good, fresh ingredients.

The same could be said of crafting:
Using quality tools and supplies is essential.

Recently, craft-maven Amy Anderson of Mod Podge Rocks! introduced a line of peel and stick stencils from Plaid.   These easy-to-use, re-useable, self-adhesive stencils are the key to adding artful touches to your craft projects in a snap!  

The stencils work beautifully for glass etching.
 They can be used with:
  • Mod Podge and glitter to create glittered designs
  • Etching cream on glassware
  • Glass/Ceramic paint to embellish glass
  • Acrylic paint and much more!

You've likely seen dozens of tutorials out there for embellishing plain ceramicware and glassware.  Rather than re-invent the wheel, today's post is all about selecting the right tools for professional-looking custom dinnerware in as few steps, and with as little room for error as possible.  This method is perfect for beginners.

Customizing your dishes, mugs, glasses or bowls with Mod Podge Rocks! Peel and Stick Stencils requires only 3 tools:  The stencil, the paint, and a foam brush.  Best of all, it takes only about a minute to stencil a piece, so you can embellish an entire dinner service for eight in less than 20 minutes.  Ready to get started? 

  • 1 Mod Podge Rocks! Peel and Stick Stencil*
  • A glass or ceramic surface
  • Opaque Gloss Glass Paint (Food and Upper-rack dishwasher safe)
  • A foam brush or spouncer (pictured below)
  • A dish, platter, mug, bowl, etc.

mod podge rocks peel and stick stencil diy project

Step 1:  Make sure that the surface where you will be applying the stencil is clean.  Peel stencil from the acetate backing and apply to the surface where you will painting.  Make sure that stencil has no gaps or air bubbles.

Step 2:  Use foam brush or spouncer to dab paint over the stencil.  Wait 1 minute to allow paint to settle.

Step 3:  Gently peel off the stencil.  Follow manufacturer's directions on the paint for oven or air curing.  Rinse stencil.  Pat dry.  Repeat if desired.

Tip:  To remove any smudges or streaks, remove the cotton from one end of a cotton swab.  Moisten slightly.  Then use to clean up any fine details.

These craft supplies were the key to my success in this project:

*  I received one key-motif stencil from Amy for the purpose of review.  This is not a sponsored post.

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