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…

Celebrate January 6 ~ Three Kings Day ~ Galette des Rois Recipe & Tradition

I'm more excited than a squirrel on a trampoline (feel free to take a moment to visualize) to be sharing with you my most favorite sweet treat of all time -- Galette de Rois.
Every year my family celebrates Epiphany (a.k.a. Twelfth Night and Three Kings Day) on January 6 by gathering with a small group of friends to share in the tradition of the King Cake. Every year, since the girls were very little, they have enjoyed assembling our King Cake -- an easy Pull-Apart version of the New Orleans style cake (Recipe HERE).  

Recipe: Salted Shortbread Toffee

Necessity is the mother of invention, indeed! With the sudden realization that I had nothing to bring to a New Year's day party, I scoured the cupboards and flipped through the recipes I had enjoyed during my December candymaking spree to see if the stars would align.  Well, close enough -- I was just a bag of pretzels shy of being able to make pretzel toffee.  A box of shortbread cookies came to the rescue, making this simple and delicious confection a new family favorite!

Salted Shortbread Toffee

Ingredients Nonstick Cooking Spray 4 sticks (1 pound) salted butter, cut in to 1" pieces
2 cups granulated sugar
8 ounces shortbread cookies, broken in to bite sized pieces
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (I prefer Ghirardelli)
1 Tablespoon fine flake salt (Maldon, Fleur de Sel, Sel Gris)
Hardware Half Sheet Baking Pan (13x18x1) Aluminum Foil Wooden Spoon or Silicone spatula Candy Thermometer  Small offset spatula or silicone spatula
Step 1:  Prepare a baking pan (13x18x1) by lini…

Cinnamon, Spice & Everything Nice
A Little Birdie Told Me...No. 53

A page from the 1915 book, Fifty-Two Sunday Dinners.
Welcome to  "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Tuesday No. 53! If you're here to share a craft, recipe or project post, you'll find the linky and the specifics on how to  join the party after the features below.

Last week's most clicked posts 
shared this in common:
Sugar & Spice.

From Sweet as Sugar Cookies Pumpkin Chai Bubble Bread

From Bijouxs
Upside-down Caramel French Toast
From Whole New Mom Cinnamon Sugar Taste test and blends


Happy New Year friends! Here's to a year full of joy, adventures, laughter, creativity and inspiration!
To start the year off with a festively festooned flourish, I've dusted off some of my gilt paged tomes and selected some of my favorite Victorian graphic elements for you to use in your projects.