Mumsnet Bloggers' festive posts round-up!
We were overwhelmed by the response to our festive linky. You came out in force with cracking craft ideas, imaginative seasonal recipes and hilarious and heart-warming Christmas tales. As the festive season leaves us all *slightly* time-poor, we've gathered together our top picks of food, crafts and gift posts for your delectation. Do head over to the MBN advent calendar as well, for another dose of posts to get you in the holiday spirit.
Paprika and cumin cheese stars by The Weekend Baker
It can be tempting to go overboard on the sweet stuff at this time of year, so these cheesy pastry delights are the perfect antidote. They'll won't last long out the oven, though!
Mince pies by Searching for Spice
Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without mince pies, and sometimes the shop-bought variety doesn't *quite* fit the bill. If you're looking for something a little more rustic, these short pastry versions are guaranteed to please - there's no need to be a perfectionist about presentation, either, so they're great for little hands to help with.
Chocolate and peppermint Christmas tree cookies by Julie's Family Kitchen
If you're catering for children, these Christmas tree cookies are sure to be a winner. Deliciously chocolatey with a peppermint kick, there's even a chance they won't just lick the icing off and leave the biscuit (maybe).
Gingerbread mug cake by The Gingerbread House
The Gingerbread House gives the humble chocolate mug cake a festive makeover with this spicy, moist gingerbread treat. Perfect if you're in need of a sweet fix but can't *quite* bear the thought of another piece of Terry's chocolate orange.
If you're after more seasonal foodie inspiration, why not head over to the MN Christmas pages? You'll find everything from turkey tips to tarted up veg, via dishwasher vodka and party nibbles. Bon appetit!
Pine cone garlands by Tea and a Sewing Machine
Want Christmas decorations that look Pinterest-perfect without the hassle/expense/self-loathing? This garland barely needs anything except pine cones, string and dried fruit, and looks (and smells) beautiful.
Christmas card pegs by Fizzi-Jayne Makes
These Christmas pegs are the perfect way to display your Christmas cards, and Fizzi-Jayne even includes templates to make your life easier.
Salt dough handprints by Everything Mummy
This is another great one for kids of all ages. Salt dough is super easy (and cheap) to make and decorating the creations as Santa adds a Christmassy twist - perfect as a last-minute present if you suddenly realise you've forgotten to buy for Great Aunt Doris.
Gifts for bookworms by Random Redheaded Ramblings
Trying to buy for a book lover but want to avoid buying them... a book? Heather Duff has gathered together a host of literary-inspired gifts to keep the bookworms in your life happy.
Foodie presents by Foodie Quine
Foodie Quine has come up with some cracking inspiration for gifts for foodies, from Tunnocks plates to personalised cheese boards, plus a few booze-based treats.
Homemade gift ideas by Mummy and Monkeys