I’m not much of a shopper and the thought of spending the day in a mall with too many people fills me with dread.
Instead, I spend Boxing day morning making a mess in my kitchen before heading out to stomp around in the snow looking for the perfect tree to decorate for the birds.
This year I made myself a loaf of gluten free cranberry orange bread. This recipe is an old standby and it never fails to please.
I squeezed an orange that was languishing in the fridge to get the 1/4 cup of juice needed for this recipe. I scraped out the orange peel and made a couple of bird feeders to feed the lonely winter sparrow who lives somewhere by the front of the house.
I also made some suet cakes and strung some popcorn and cranberries on a string to make a garland. The leftover popcorn will be given to the wild turkeys when they come to visit and the leftover cranberries will be frozen.
While the bread was cooling, I bundled up and headed out the door. I found my tree behind the barn and set to work. I disturbed a grouse while I was decorating, so I know that someone will benefit from my labours. One day, I would like to take a bunch of kids with me and make a party of it with a campfire and hot chocolate but right now, I relish my time alone in the forest as it sleeps under its blanket of snow.
By the time I was finished and made it home, my bread was cool enough to eat by the fire.
How do you spend Boxing day? Leave a comment below.