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…

Free Kids Superhero Valentines -- Stuck on You


I have four kids,
which, come Valentine's Day,
means bucketloads of candy and junk
find their way home from school.
*sigh*

To help cut down on cavities and landfill,
I decided to come up with a fun, but sneakily practical
valentine for the kids to give to all their classmates last year.



These Marvel superhero bandaids came from the Dollar Tree,
so they were very budget-friendly.

The kids loved them because they're superhero-themed
and they sure beat the icky old skin colored
bandaids that we grew up with.

My parent-friends appreciated them, because they
were one of the few things their kids got
that they didn't toss in the trash
as soon as the novelty of the Valentines Day
haul had worn off (around 10 minutes).
Win * Win


Here's how you can make your own:

Stuck on You Bandaid Valentines


  • FREE hang tag (Download HERE)
  • Cardstock or Photo Paper
  • Plain cellophane treat bags (4x6)**
  • Bandaids (3 per valentine)*
  • Scissors
  • Stapler

Step 1:  Download free hang tag and print on heavy paper.  Cut out hang tags and fold.
Step 2:  Place a strip of 3 bandaids in each cellophane bag. 
Step 3:  Place hang tag over the top of the bag.  Staple in place.


*Bandaids:  I'm not sure if Dollar Tree is still carrying this specific set.  However, I've confirmed that both Walmart and Target presently sell Avengers bandaids.

**Bags:  I've found these at Walmart and Michael's for around $5 for a pack of 100.




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