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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…

BACK TO SCHOOL WEEK - "Good Luck Smartie Pants" Printable & Lunchbox Treat

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Welcome to Day 7 of BACK-TO-SCHOOL WEEK at Rook No. 17
Technically, this should be the last day of Back-to-School "Week", but I still have a few more treats in store for you next week.  Stay tuned...


Today's post is short and sweet.  Or should I say SMART and SWEET? Beth Proudfoot of It Is What It Is has generously agreed to share her "Good luck, SMARTIE PANTS" printable with Rook No. 17 readers. The plucky little tag and Smarties candies would make a fun lunchbox surprise on the first day of school!  

You can download the PDF HERE.

BACK TO SCHOOL WEEK - Pencil Exchange Party

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Welcome to Day 6 of BACK-TO-SCHOOL WEEK at Rook No. 17


Happy weekend everyone!  
I hope you've enjoyed some of this week's back-to-school features.

Today Brittany of One Charming Party has kindly offered to share her ideas for a back-to-school pencil exchange and cute customized erasers.  


-------------------------- Kids going back to school? A pencil exchange would be so fun to do at a back to school party. Your kids can invite neighbors or school friends and if guests all bring a pack of pencils to share everyone will get some fresh, fun, new pencils to start out the year. I had these custom pencils made at Explicitly Yours Pencils. What’s a pencil without an eraser? These are just simple erasers from the store covered with bits of cute scrapbooking paper. (Wouldn’t they be cute as a teacher gift?) Photos by Nicole Hill Gerulat. ©One Charming Party.
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For more fanciful and fun back-to-school ideas, check out what Brittany and Sara of One Charming Party have li…

BACK TO SCHOOL WEEK - Capri Sun Pencil Case Tutorial

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Welcome to Day 5 of BACK-TO-SCHOOL WEEK at Rook No. 17
Today's guest post combines two of my favorite things -- childhood nostalgia and upcycling!  I have vivid memories of the first year that Capri Sun juice pouches hit the lunchroom.  Suddenly my little can of TreeSweet juice (that tasted more of tin than anything else) seemed so old fashioned next to those "space age" looking silver pouches with their special little straws.  I sometimes think that the only thing that got me through having to sit through my brother's endless baseball practices was the promise of a Capri Sun at the end of the dusty day.

The juice pouch has, through nearly three decades, stayed at the top of the lunchbox beverage game.  While the juice hasn't changed much, I'm happy that we're living in a "greener", more earth-friendly age.  So, when I saw the tutorial for making a pencil pouch out of upcycled juice bags over at Get Your Craft On, I nearly popped a wheelie.



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BACK TO SCHOOL WEEK -- Sweetly Sharpened Pencil Cookies

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Welcome to Day 4 of BACK-TO-SCHOOL WEEK at Rook No. 17
Today's post is as sweet and "sharp" as its author -- Lisa of Moore Minutes.  Lisa's blog is full of creative ideas for entertaining, decorating and celebrating the seasons.  You'll find recipes, crafts, and lots of great party ideas.  Lisa is one smart cookie and I'm delighted to have her here today with her idea for Sweetly Sharpened Pencil Cookies.
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I am excited to be sharing on Rook No. 17 today!  I know there will be a lots of "back to school" treasures to find out this week for us to tuck into our pockets! Lately "Back to School" has been the chorus of friends and family as the conversation buzzes about fresh haircuts, new clothes, and the wide-eyed anticipation of our little loves walking into the big school doors with sharpened pencils and backpacks in tow.
I wanted to send my boys off with exciting treats snuggled into their pockets... Swee…

BACK TO SCHOOL WEEK -- Amp'd Up Boombox Lunchbox Tutorial

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Welcome to Day 3 of BACK-TO-SCHOOL WEEK at Rook No. 17
I hope you're down for something groovy 'cause today's post aint for cubes, you dig?

(Yeah, just trying out the lingo from the boombox era that inspired today's project.)


Suffice to say, I'm *cranked* to be sharing this guest post from Angela of Better Together. Whether you're a crafter, cook, baker, shopper, or runner, the posts from the talented Wray sisters are sure to inspire! Today, Angela is sharing her tutorial for making this retro boombox lunchbox that is totally *duck soup*!
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 Hi! I'm Angela. I'm excited to be here at Rook No. 17 today. I blog over at Better Together with my two sisters.  We created our blog in an effort to learn from one another. One sister cooks, one sister runs, and I handle the craft side of the blog. Come check us out.'' 
The other day I was in the mood to create something, but nothing on my long list of things that needed to get do…

BACK TO SCHOOL WEEK - A Little Birdie Told Me...No. 31

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Welcome to  "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Tuesday!
--And--
Day 2 of BACK-TO-SCHOOL WEEK
In the spirit of back-to-school, I'm spotlighting the before and after school recipes and menu ideas that were shared at last week's party:


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BEFORE SCHOOL

Mommy Minded shared her ideas and recipes 
for healthy and delicious back-to-school breakfasts.
AFTER SCHOOL Chef-n-Training shared her favorite 
after school snack from childhood.
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This week's party is going
to be a little different.  
If you have a back-to-school related post, please link it up to my ongoing Back-to-School blog hop here.  All other posts can be linked up to the regular "A Little Birdie Told Me..." linky that follows.


BACK TO SCHOOL BLOG HOP (School related posts only)
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A Little Birdie Told Me... link up your recipes, crafts and projects here:


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BACK TO SCHOOL WEEK - Free Printable Lunch Box Notes

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Welcome to BACK-TO-SCHOOL WEEK at Rook No. 17!
All week long I'll be showcasing original crafts, recipes & traditions for making this back-to-school season the best ever!  
First up is a set of printable lunchbox notes I created from a vintage set of alphabet flashcards.

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LUNCHBOX NOTES (packed with love)

Simply print, cut and tuck one of these peppy little messages in to your child's lunch.
I've created 3 different sheets of lunchbox notes for you to download and print on cardstock or heavy scrapbook paper.  I've also included a printable box in which to store your cards.  

 Sheet 1
Sheet 2
 Sheet 3
DOWNLOAD ALL 3 SHEETS HERE
DOWNLOAD THE BOX HERE

Download a card-box template to use with your own paper HERE