The No Croutons Required challenge for December was Festive Photos. 
It's become a tradition that each year we ask for festive photos instead of recipes in December.
Just a bit of fun really and an easy to do challenge in these busy days in the run up to Christmas.

So would you like to see the entries? I thought you would!

The first festive photo comes from Nayna over at Simply Food. Nayna, who I had the pleasure to meet at Food Blogger Connect this year, made some gorgeous Autumn Fruits Chutney. Doesn't it look good?

Our next entry comes from Michelle over at Utterly Scrummy Food for Families. Michelle made these rather pretty Festive Fruit Pies. Michelle made her own filling to use up some apples, pears and cranberries for an after school snack. They look so appealing, I just want to dive in!

Michelle also made some Chocolate Fudge which would make a great edible Christmas gift or a snack for a husband with a longing for fudge! I could totally devour the whole lot right now!!!

Fiona from London Unattached was lucky enough to enjoy a Christmas Afternoon Tea at Intercontinental, London Park Lane. She took plenty of photos and is sharing with us the festive top layer of her cake stand which was inspired by the 12 Days of Christmas. You will notice the swans, drums and gold rings topping one of the cakes. What a treat!

Camilla over at Fab Food 4 All made a Festive Chocolate and Pistachio Wreath. Doesn't it look wonderful? It must have tasted wonderful too. Good quality vanilla paste, chocolate, chocolate spread, pistachio paste and pistachios. Oh my!

Choclette from Chocolate Log Blog came up trumps with this glorious Chocolate Log with a Whipped Dark Boozy Chocolate Ganache. Oh yes, count me in! I haven't made one of these since I was a school. I'm just too scared, but Choclette makes it look effortless.She says she has struggled in the past, but this looks pretty perfect to me, so I am going to assume she is just being modest.

Shaheen over at Allotment 2 Kitchen made some of these wonderful Oreo Chocolate Wreath Cakes.
Now isn't that clever and so effective with the oreo in the centre? I love the festive sprinkles on top too. Cooper's eyes would light up with delight if he was offered one of these and I'm sure he'd talk of nothing else for days. It's also vegan, so suitable for Graham too.

Nayna over at Simply Food also made these delightful iced Snowflake Lemon Shortbread. I wish I had her icing skills. You would never think I was an art graduate if you saw my awful icing skills. Truly bad! I also love the thought of lemon flavoured shortbread. You couldn't get a more festive biscuit.

Janice from the Farmersgirl Kitchen is one talented lady, as well as making he most mouth-watering dishes, she is also a crafter and makes her own Christmas Crackers. If you want to make your own, then check out Janice's step-by-step instructions. We used to make our own crackers too. They weren't swish like Janice's crackers, but from a bought pack. My husband proposed to me by hiding my engagement ring in a homemade cracker and pulling it with me. To say I was surprised was an understatement. Best cracker gift I have ever won!

Nayna has been a busy lady, she is also sharing with us these festive Christmas Pudding Cake Pops. I can see from this photo she was very organised. I didn't know the trick of standing the pops in a box or box lid, by poking holes in it and I struggled with my first batch of pops. I didn't know the freezer tip either. Hmmmm, lots to learn! I'm extra impressed with how professional these look Nayna after struggling to make them with no fancy decorations.

My good friend Stuart, also known as Cakeyboi made these wonderful characters, he calls them Marshmallow Snowmen. Aren't they whimsical? I think I'd have trouble biting into one of these chaps, they are so realistic. I can just imagine the joy in a child's face if they were presented with one. I bet a child would be much braver than me.

Louise over at Crumbs + Corkscrews made the most enchanting Christmas Tree Meringues. Such an inspired idea and executed beautifully, right down to the little star on top and the sprinkles. I love a well made meringue and Louise makes them just how I like them, crisp on the outside and soft and unctuous within. Mmmmmm!

Madeleine over at From the Healthy Heart made some luxurious cocktails with the most gloriously Christmas flavours. Pomegranate, orange juice and Cava or soda water. They look wonderful and it was nice of you to give us the option, but we'll go with the Cava please!

Louisa over at Eat Your Veg made some magnificent Chocolate Truffles. The kind made from good quality chocolate and cream, topped with all sorts of fabulous toppings. They look rich, luxurious and very, very chocolatey. Just right for Christmas.

Vanesther over at Bangers and Mash started off her Christmas review post with this beautiful photo of her Christmas tree. I am looking at it longingly and remembering how wonderful our Christmas tree looked before our kitten Nacho started his daily climbs up it. *sigh*

Another fine looking Christmas tree, this time from Emma over at Adventures of a London Kiwi. Emma starts of her post about being an expat in London with this splendid photo and follows it with her impressions of London at Christmas and what she misses about home.

Claire, The Foodie Quine has been making a lot of seasonal dishes including these Reindeer Pancakes. I particularly liked her Christmas Pudding Vodka, now I'd like to try that!

Sarah is well known for her baking blog Maison Cupcake, but she also has a family blog called Dinner with Crayons, where she posts family meals. In this post Sarah speaks about her family's nativity scene, which she bought when her little boy Ted was just a toddler.

Johanna from Green Gourmet Giraffe made this glorious Chocolate Layered Fudge. Isn't it the best? Layers of chocolate, then peppermint fudge make this delightful sweet nibble. Wouldn't you be thrilled to receive a box of this stripey fudge at Christmas? I know I would. Thanks to Johanna for letting me include her fudge in my latest post for Baby Centre - Scottish Macaroon Snowballs and Last Minute Christmas Treats.

Tina over at The Spicy Pear made these rather perfect looking Mince Pie Samosas. What an inspired idea! I made something similar myself for January's edition of People's Friend. I made pear and mincemeat strudel, so I can tell you how tasty these will be. Tina suggests serving them with brandy cream. Yes please!!!

Wow! That's all I can say. Wow!! Just look at it. A thing of beauty. Elizabeth from Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary made this stunning gingerbread house or Shetland Pepperkakehus as she calls it. Unbelievably this is the first time Elizabeth has ever made one. And she think it isn't as good as the barn on Great British Bake Off, but in my opinion their was never anything of this quality made on the bake off. Just beautiful Elizabeth!!

What a way to finish.

I will announce the winner later in the month. Do take the time to enter my 12 Days of Christmas  (21) Giveaways or at least enter your favourites. You will find the competition links on the sidebar.

Merry Christmas everyone xxxx

ps remember to head over to Lisa's Kitchen at the beginning of January for the next round of No Croutons Required.
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