Meet the Gonzalez Family

The Gonzalez Family will be closing on their home sometime late November!

As the first ever homeowner in her family Mariam is understandably proud that she is so close to achieving her dream of a stable home life for her family! It has not been easy raising children, working full time and volunteering the needed 300 hours to become eligible to purchase a manatee Habitat home! It took almost 4 years to complete the entire program, but Mariam says every hour was worth it as she has made lifelong friends and has seen firsthand how generous this community is with both time and treasure!

Ariel is a senior at Bayshore High and is planning on continuing his education after high school by getting his HVAC Certification.  We agree that knowing how to install and repair Air Conditioning Units in Florida is a great career! Mariamly is still in junior high and is most looking forward to having a room of her own.  She has been sleeping on the living room couch the entire time they have lived in the apartment they rent now. As of right now, Mariamly’s room will be empty as they have not been able to purchase furniture but Mariamly is a super great sport and is just thrilled she will have a space to call her own.

Gonzalez Family Favorite Flan

1 cup boiling water, or as needed

1 teaspoon water

½ cup white sugar

6 large egg yolks

1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

1 (13 ounce) can evaporated milk

¼ cup white sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Place a 9-inch metal pie dish into a deep baking pan; pour boiling water into baking pan to reach about halfway up the side of the pie dish.

Pour 1 teaspoon water and 1/2 cup sugar into a heavy saucepan, place over medium heat, and constantly swirl the sugar-water mixture in the pan over the heat until sugar dissolves, melts, and turns into a golden-brown caramel syrup, about 10 minutes. Watch carefully, the sugar burns easily. Pour melted caramel into the warmed pie dish and gently tilt pie dish to coat the bottom with caramel.

Whisk egg yolks, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, 1/4 cup sugar, and vanilla extract in a bowl until mixture is creamy and thoroughly combined. If mixture is foamy, skim foam off with a folded paper towel. Gently pour custard over caramel in pie dish. Cover baking pan with aluminum foil.

Bake in the preheated oven until custard is set but still jiggles slightly when moved, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove foil and place baking sheet with water bath and flan in refrigerator to chill, about 2 hours.

 Remove pie dish from baking pan; run a knife around the edges of flan to loosen from pie dish. Invert flan onto a rimmed serving platter to release custard and let caramel sauce flow over the flan.