This holiday season I have teamed up with Cello Whisps to do a fun holiday themed post! More specifically, a challenge to create a savory house using the cello whisps! So what are whisps? They are essentially a crispy cheese cracker made with cheese and nothing else. They currently come in 3 different flavors: cheddar, parmesan, and asiago and pepper jack (new!) and they are gluten free! They also provide 10-13g protein (depending on flavor) as well as 35-50% of the daily value of calcium (again, depending on flavor) making them a good source of protein and an excellent source of calcium! And they taste amazing! I may or may not have eaten half of them before I even started this project.
So back to this savory house. The idea is to create a holiday house (same idea as a gingerbread house) but with whisps (along with other building tools like pretzel rods and multigrain crackers) instead of gingerbread. Plus, I was provided a fondoodler (aka cheese hot glue gun) and how could I say “no” to that? And as extra incentive, the winning house would be gifted with $500 to donate to a charity of their choice! Pretty awesome way to give back for the holidays. I normally volunteer this time of year anyway but I thought this would be a great way to have some fun and give back! I do remember trying to build gingerbread houses with Edward in the past and failing miserably. So I thought this would be a great way to (hopefully) redeem myself. Or this could end disastrously.
When my goodies arrived it was like opening a present! Everything was so nicely packaged:
And then I saw the fondoodler aka cheese hot glue gun and I distinctly remember hearing angelic music playing in the background (ok, maybe that didn’t happen but it was 2am when I got around to opening my package so I may have just been hallucinating at that point):
So now the real fun beings – designing my house! and then the extra real fun part: putting it all together.
My goodie box actually included a bottle of ale so, in an effort to actually use the items I was provided, I used it to make beer bread microwave cakes (recipe at the end of this post) which I then used to make mini christmas trees and mini christmas people:
I actually spent days thinking up how I wanted my house to look and then an entire afternoon prepping my materials so this was definitely a labor of love. So after a loooooong day of preparing my building materials and decorations, I finally was ready to start putting it all together.
Adding the final touches….
and then this happened:
It’s a Star Wars Christmas Story! Is this the savory house you’re looking for?
There were a few casualties…A few storm-troopers didn’t survive the raid…
And then this happened….Happy Christmas, Harry!
and then the minions took over….BANANA!
And last but not least, prob my fave of the bunch, a donut christmas:
Up close and personal:
I may or may not have gotten carried away. Every time I came up with a new “theme” idea I would take a pic and send it to my fiance. This was actually a lot of fun to put together and I’m so glad I was invited to partake in this challenge!
Beer Bread microwave cake
- 6 tbsp Kodiak Cakes protein packed pancake mix
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup beer/ale
Combine ingredients in a microwave safe bowl and mix well until egg is fully incorporated. Microwave for 2-3 minutes or until cake is fully cooked. I opted to also make cheesy breadsticks.
Same recipe as the cake but use a microwave safe rectangle dish for the batter and microwave 2-3 minutes. Once fully cooked, brush with a mixture of olive oil/butter/garlic powder. Add shredded cheese of choice (i used a combo of medium cheddar, mozzarella, and cello fontal fondue cheese). Microwave an additional minute until cheese is melted, brush with any leftover olive oil/butter/garlic powder. Cut into breadsticks and enjoy.
*This is a sponsored post in which I was paid for my services as well as provided free product! However, that in no way reflected my opinions in regards to the product or the information I provided.