Best Elderberry Liqueur Recipe

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I want to share with you the Best Elderberry Liqueur Recipe (for me). This liqueur is healthy and also so good. 

Best Elderberry Liqueur Recipe

Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) is a wonderful herb. Elderberries grow wild in my country and I believe in most of Europe, USA and Canada. It is a shrub (tree) that grows several meters in height. It has a beautiful inflorescence full of small white flowers. Fruits are dark purple to red-violet color. The best time to harvest elderberry fruit is right now.

With elderberries you can cure many diseases and also prepare a lot of yummies. From this fruit you can make a jam, syrup or a liqueur just like me. They are full of antioxidants and high in vitamin C. (More about elderberries you can read here or here). For these reasons, elderberry liqueur is sometimes kept in the medicine cabinet and taken out during cold and flu season but I strongly suggest making at least three bottles because it is so delicious! I love this liqueur in autumn or winter evenings when it’s really cold and I need to warm up. I’ll take this “miracle cure“, sip it slowly, sit back and relax. I’m telling you, there is nothing better! 

Let’s make the best liqueur and Let me know in the comments below how you like my Best Elderberry Liqueur Recipe!


Best Elderberry Liqueur Recipe


4 lb/2 kg elderberries, 4 US cups/1 l water, 3 US cups/750ml bottle of vodka, 1 stick of cinnamon, 1 vanilla bean, 6 table spoons of strong black coffee, 1 lemon – juice


As the first step we will go for a walk and pick the fruits. We can pick the fruit with the whole inflorescence, which can easily be done by hand, and then just throw them in a basket. When you get them home, you need to get the individual berries off the stalks. The easiest way is to hold the stalk in one hand and with other use a fork to gently run through the stalk, stripping the berries into a bowl.Then we wash them and let them drain.

  1. Put the elderberries into a large pot, add water, stick of cinnamon and cook about 20 minutes. We mix them during cooking. Then let them stand in the fridge for 12 – 24 hours. I go with 24 hours.
  2. Next day you will extract the juice by pressing the berries in a sheet covered strainer. It is important to press hard on all berries because they contain a large amount of juice. Now that we have the juice, we will convert it to liqueur.
  3. Warm up the juice enough to be able to add and dissolve sugar and coffee. Then let the mixture çool.
  4. Into the chilled mixture we will now add lemon juice, alcohol, vanilla bean, and proceed to stir everything together. The liqueur is now finished!
  5. Now just bottle the finished liqueur up and we are all done.

It is possible to choose a sugar or sweetener according to your taste and preference. The taste will also be a little different based on what alcohol you use. You can choose vodka, rum, some kind of brandy, or anything else. You can also modify the quantity. That’s the beautiful thing about making your own top-quality liqueur, you can make it precisely to your liking! 

Enjoy and cheers!

Best Elderberry Liqueur Recipe
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Best Elderberry Liqueur Recipe
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Free Chunky Crochet Basket Pattern

Free Chunky Crochet Basket Pattern is very easy to follow!

Free Chunky Crochet Basket Pattern

I think this basket turned out beautifully. What a stunning cozy for your favorite succulents! I love the yarn I used for the basket – Boston Originals (Schachenmayer). It feels so soft and one skein is enough to make one basket. The structure of the basket comes from double thickness of the fabric and also from the weight of the yarn.

Free Chunky Crochet Basket Pattern

It’s such an easy pattern, even for beginners. All you need is your crochet hook and a cup of favorite coffee or tea. You can relax and at the same time make something beautiful and useful.

This free chunky crochet basket pattern is written in standard US crochet terms. In case you are from Europe and you know only UK crochet terms, you can easily follow this pattern too! Just make double crochet instead of single crochet, that’s it. It is that simple!

Let’s begin!

Stitches: chain stitch, single crochet, slip stitch, 

Hook: 10 mm,

Yarn: Schachenmayr Boston Originals – Color Natur 00002 or Grey00092, Yarn Weight: Bulky – 12ply, Yarn ball weight: 50g, Yarn Meterage/Yardage: 55m,Tension/Gauge: 12 stitches, 18 rows to 10cm (4in)

This pattern is for one chunky crochet basket.  Dimensions of the basket are approximately:  5 x 5 inch / 12 x 12 cm. We work with 2 strings together! One bowl is good enough for one basket! We make all stitches into the back loops!

free chunky crochet basket pattern
back loop

Start with the magic ring.

RND 1: 6sc into magic loop start and pull the loop closed (6)

RND 2: 2sc in each back loop around (12)

RND 3: 2sc in each back loop around (24). You can mark the last 24th sc. I always do it.

free chunky crochet basket pattern

RND 4: 8 x (sc in next 2 back loops, 2 sc in next back loop) = 32

free chunky crochet basket pattern

RND 5 – 12: sc in next 32 back loops, 

free chunky crochet basket pattern

Fasten off yarn and weave in ends.

Ta-dah! You have made your very own Chunky Crochet Basket! Now make another one! Or two 🙂 

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Are you looking for digital download? The free pattern is possible to download here or on Craftsy or on Ravelry.

Happy crocheting my friends! Let me know in the comments below how you like the pattern!

You can share the pictures of your Chunky Crochet Basket on my Facebook page, or tag me on Instagram.





Spruce Tip Salt Recipe

spruce tip salt

This spruce tip salt recipe is very fast and super easy. 

spruce tip salt recipe
Spruce tip salt.

Before I start to write a spruce tip salt recipe, let me tell you a little bit about spruce tips.

Did you know you can eat spruce tips? They have the prettiest green color I have ever seen. They taste so good and are packed with vitamin C!  Spruce tips have lemony citrus notes and an herbal quality similar to rosemary.

spruce tip salt recipe

Spruce tips are available in spring. Here in Europe spruce tip season is usually May or beginning of June. Collect young bright green spruce tips up to two inches / five centimeters long. Sprouts are going to beautifully snap your fingers, but take the scissors to help if you want. 

I really love spruce tips and I use them every spring in my kitchen. I cook with them, I make a syrup, spruce tip honey and also spruce tip salt. Spruce tip salt is great for flavoring grilled steaks, but it is also great for fresh crispy bread, greased with butter :).

spruce tip salt recipe
Homemade cheese with spruce tip salt

By making this salt every year in May, I will commemorate Christmas. The smell of spruce tips in the oven is exactly the same smell as when you bring a Christmas tree to your home.



6 oz / 150 g of young spruce tips, 12 oz / 300 g of salt

spruce tip salt
Salt, spruce tips.



Put the salt with spruce tips into the blender and mix finely.

spruce tip salt
Salt and spruce tips in blender

Place wax paper on a baking sheet and proceed to pour out the mixture. Let it dry in the oven at 176 °F / 80 °C for one hour. Spread several times during drying.

spruce tip salt recipe

Allow to cool and place in a sealed container. Store as a regular salt.

spruce tip salt recipe

P.S. I apologize for the late posting because here in Europe is after the spruce tip season (you can try this recipe next year), but for example in Australia, the spring begins :).


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When the days are not so perfect

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When the days are not so perfect I’m in unicorn mode (sometimes).  The days like that are not every day but sometimes they just happen. And you can not get them out of your head. That is when my unicorn mode begins.

Unicorn Head Planter

When the days are not so perfect I'm in Unicorn mode.
For  pattern, you can click here or on EtsyRavelry  and Craftsy

That means I crochet unicorns, I draw unicorns, I make breakfast or snack in unicorn colors and so on. This time I made small unicorn head planters, but they can be cute tiny baskets or cozies for your favorite cup or you can name it. I made also unicorn nice cream. Yes,  nice cream. Nice cream is a great alternative to regular ice cream because it is literally made out of frozen blended bananas and THAT IS IT! And believe me, it is soo good!

nice cream
Do you want to know more about a nice cream? Would you like a recipe? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

Why do I do this? Because it helps me. I love unicorns. I love the magical symbol of a unicorn. The unicorn is an ancient symbol of purity and protection, in a modern sense also depicts power, wisdom and eternal life. On the practical level, the unicorn symbol increases sexual attraction but also has healing abilities.

Unicorn Head Planter

unicorn head plant holder
For pattern, you can click here or on EtsyRavelry and Craftsy
pink unicorn plant holder
For pattern, you can click here or on EtsyRavelry and Craftsy

I know, maybe it lives only in my fantasy. But there are a number of circumstances that speak in favor of unicorns, there are also countless facts that make us doubt. Perhaps they are extinct because of their unique horn. But it is also quite possible that they are walking around ponds in the middle of the dark night. Do you think it is possible? Do you believe in unicorns?

Anyway. For me, it brings many positives because I forget my worries, I feel much better and I always make something cute and/or tasty. And I would be more than happy to share my unicorns with you.

Oh! If you are looking for a finished product, take a look here.

unicorn head planter

I am a little shy to write about who I am

I am a little shy to write about who I am

Hi! My name is Monika. I’m a crochet designer and also the founder of the website  My Nook 51  and I am a little shy… 

I am a little shy to write about who I am, what I love and how my life is going.   But… Anyway :)… I think I’m the person who likes to live very easy and slow, to live in the moment, without stress, where home is the most relaxed and happiest place.

Funny thing is I didn’t know there exists a word for a living like mine or maybe yours too. It is a Danish word – Hygge. Did you know what it is?  Have you ever heard that word? You can read more about hygge life here or here.

I really love that lifestyle and I hope this website will be also a little bit hygge. Something like a small cozy and warm place where you will be sitting wrapped in a crochet or knitted blanket on the couch, lit candles made by your friend on the table along with many fresh flowers from your garden in a beautiful vase, sipping a cup of wonderful smelling tea or coffee.

I want to make this place a very relaxing and comforting zone where you will feel beautiful and where you can find good and tasty recipes,  tips for handmade and homemade gifts, crochet patterns for free and also a tiny shop with my creations. 

Back to me :).  I love to design and make all kinds of crochet stuff. Crochet is the biggest hobby in my life. I also like everything about food. Cooking, baking, eating… I mean really everything.  I also care a lot about herbs. The most beautiful thing for me is to be outside on a long walk somewhere in the mountains, woods or on the meadow and picking the herbs. I love to make herbal teas, syrups, lemonades because it makes me so happy and healthy too. The healthy life without stress is what I really want in my life.

I think this is a bit about me for now. I hope we can be friends and next time I’ll tell you more.

P.S. It is almost summer, the best time for vacations and the best time to relax with a crochet hook in the hand.  For all my friends who love crochet is here a pattern for freeMelon Hot Pad Free Crochet Pattern. Enjoy!

Melon Hot Pad Free Crochet Pattern

Let’s be friends! 

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