Nov 29, 2011

Flan & Family | Thanksgiving & Giveaway.**Closed**

Is there a special tradition your family has during the holiday seasons? That one dish you can’t live without at Thanksgiving? I am not talking about the obvious turkey, potatoes, yams, & pies. Our family always has a potato casserole that we never go without. This year Nestle LaLechera asked me to participate in a campaign with them & bring a new tradition to our holiday season. Coming from a Mexican family you would think I've had the dish Flan before. In fact I have never even tasted Flan or even watched someone prepare it. I decided to give it a shot since I am trying to cook & bake more. My family was excited to be able to participate in making this dish with me since we drove up to Michigan for the holidays. We ended up making it a Sunday night family night. My little brother, step father, mother, husband, & me all took part in making Vanilla Flan. I let my husband pick which flavor of Flan he wanted to make & he chose Vanilla. That happened to be the kind of Flan my older brother makes & loves. 


The 5 recipe cards included Vanilla Flan, Pumpkin Flan, Coconut Flan, Dulce de Leche Flan, & a card with introducing Nestle La Lechera. The cards tell you what you'll need & step by step of how to make your Flan. 
Kodak Camera (which is digital btw) & Flan molds. One of the molds broke so my mother happened to have 2 so I replaced them. In the end I used the pie pan because I had more people to feed. You may use the molds so your guest & family may have their own serving.

Nestle La Lechera sent me a gift basket which contained flan molds, Nestle La Lechera, evaporated milk, Kodak camera to photograph us making the Flan, a gift card to buy the rest of the ingredients to make the Flan, & 5 recipe cards. Since I own my own camera I decided to let the husband take photos with the Kodak disposable camera & I took the photos with my camera. I am kind of nervous to see his photos haha. 


I documented below each of the steps & since I have never made it before I just said word for word what I did. 
The husband stirred & kept an eye out on the sugar so it wouldn't burn. I also didn't know sugar could be made into liquid (I apparently didn't pay attention much in science class) 
sugar saucepan(flan)


Blending (Flan)

My little brother wanted to work his new blender so he blended the ingredients all together & made a huge mess haha.




I just set the timer on my phone as we sat around the table & talked. 
So I read somewhere that if you have craters in your Flan is because the Flan came to a boil but they certainly don't take away from the taste. :)
Flan does have to sit in the fridge over night or for 4 hours but it is so worth the wait. I had it for breakfast before we headed on the road back to Virginia. 


My mother was telling me my grandmother used to make this dish all the time & she never knew what it was at the time. Nor did she learn how so it was nice to experience this with my mother. My husband has had Flan before & enjoyed it. He is the baker & cooker in our marriage & was excited that I was doing it for once haha. I think I did a pretty good job! 

Grab your loved ones because I will be doing a giveaway of the gift basket above! 

Rules of the giveaway:
1. Comment below on your families traditions during the holidays.

2. Like my photography Facebook page. 

I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving & didn't gain to much weight pfft who am I kidding I ate at 3 different places! Gym here I come!!!!

Disclaimer: I was giving the gift basket from Nestle La Lechera to make Flan & all opinions are my own.


  1. Like your page on facebook :)

  2. Our family traditions-we always go out for a light seeing ride on Christmas eve. We toss the kiddle in pajamas and we go out riding to look at all the lights and sing Christmas songs! I'd so love to teach him to make flan...

  3. Of course you know our family traditions....getting everyone together....with one person usually always late...haha late rhymes with his name!! The one food we all always enjoy are the "polish roses" or cream cheese ham n pickles! Didnt have any this year:( then again tradition for thanksgiving wasnt the same since our family was unable to gather BUT some of the younger generation have plans to get together for christmas and do the "slumber party" that the older girls always did and fill up gift bags with candy and dollar store toys for the great grand children! PS they might even get matching socks! Family time is the best time ever!!! Love you jenda!!

  4. Yay!!! I am excited for this!!! Well my family tradition during the Holidays happens to be the YANKEE Sugar Cookie Candle .. it needs to be burning all the month of Dec. since my husband had it as a child... and as for THANKSGIVING we tend to watch the parades and have breakfast! :)

  5. I am a fan of your FB PAGE!!! :)

  6. Looks Yummy!!!! Lovely pictures and awesome photography.

  7. My mother is Colombian and she always made empanadas during the holidays. My father is from Spain so we would go out to a Spanish restaurant and have flan for dessert!

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  8. I like your photography page on FB with my username Mary Happymommy.

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  9. Our tradition is to bring the whole family together. We cook our favorite meals and have fun.

  10. I like your facebook page as Elena Istomina

  11. During Christmas we sing Christmas carols with our church group. What is really cool is that often people will come out of their houses and sing with us and follow along for a block or two.

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  12. I’m a FB fan (Mari Doug)

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  13. we have a family potluck where we make Christmas cookies etc.

  14. like u on fb Julie Scott Laws

  15. My family's tradition is making a pork shoulder and arroz con gandules at every get together. It's a must! Especially for holidays. And I love flan! Yum!

  16. New York Chica oh em gee arroz con gandules is my fav!!!

  17. My family tradition is to pray together! Thanks for this splendid giveaway

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