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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…

After School Snacks for Picky Eaters
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In the spirit of the Back-to-School season, here's a pop quiz:
True or False?
1. My child is hungry when they come home from school.
2. My child is a picky eater.
3. I prefer to feed my child foods that are minimally processed and have nutritional value.
4. I enjoy trying new recipes.

If you answered True to any of the above, we have something in common.
Shortly before school started last week, I had the opportunity to apply for a campaign to work with CookingLight Magazine on a Back-to-School post focusing on quick, easy and healthy recipes for picky eaters. Since I'm a longtime fan of CookingLight recipes, shop at Safeway, and have two very picky eaters starting school this month, I knew that this campaign would have real value for me and my readers.
I'm as picky about cookbooks as my girls are …

Celebrate Back to School with SodaStream ~ GIVEAWAY!

The SodaStream is a wonderful way to add a little "sparkle" to your life!
Have you heard of the SodaStream? It's an easy, convenient and money-saving machine that turns plain old tap water into sparkling water in less than 30 seconds!  It requires no electricity, little counter space and doesn't leave you with any clean-up.  You can enjoy the freshness and convenience of homemade sparkling water and sodas and be kind to the earth at the same time because  SodaStream bottles are reusable  -- no more wasteful and heavy bottles to lug home from the store!
I had long coveted the SodaStream owned by a good friend.  I envied the way she was able to produce sparkling water and custom sodas on demand when last minute guests showed up.  I sought out this review of the SodaStream knowing that it was a product that my readers would love.  Thanks to the generosity of SodaStream, I've been enjoying my Genesis model machine all summer long.  It's given me ample time to live …

Back-to-School Week Craft & Recipe Recap -- Egg/Sushi Mold Giveaway Winners

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Sushi/Egg Mold giveaway from WholePort!
The two lucky winners selected by are:
Entry #4: shopannies Entry #24 Christina Brundick
If you discovered and followed Rook No. 17 through this giveaway, I look forward to getting to know you better and hope you'll continue to enjoy the crafts, recipes and ideas for creative living that make Rook No. 17 a happy place to visit.  In addition, I have a few new giveaways in the works and look forward to sharing them shortly.

If you're visiting today looking for some new and inspired ideas for BACK-TO-SCHOOL, you've come to the right place.  The past two weeks at Rook No. 17 were dedicated to getting families ready to go back to school with loving little projects, ideas for healthy school lunches, and ways to be "green" and in style at the same time.

LUNCHBOX LOVE A set of 18 Vintage-style Lunchbox Note Printables