Student-Friendly Pumpkin Flan


We love any excuse to whip up a delicious treat, but since this month it’s finally fall, we couldn’t think of anything more fitting than Flan de Calabaza – AKA Pumpkin Flan.

We know half of you reading this immediately laughed thinking, “I can’t cook!” Luckily for you, this recipe is pretty easy. You will just need a little bit of patience, the right ingredients and tools, and an open mind – you might surprise yourself with what you can accomplish!


Flan de Calabaza (Pumpkin Flan)

  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: approximately 60 minutes
  • Chill Time: 4+ hours
  • Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients to Make the Caramel 

1/2 cup of granulated sugar

1/4 cup of water

Ingredients to Make the Custard Filling 

1.5 cups of whole milk

1 cup of pumpkin puree

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 cup of granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 large eggs

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Small sauce pan

Medium sauce pan

Oven-safe bowl OR mold of choice


Step 1: Start by mixing the spices into the pumpkin puree

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Step 2: Make the caramel

Heat the water and granulated sugar in a saucepan (stainless steel works best) over a medium heat. Once it starts to bubble and change color, give the pan a shake or a quick stir. Let it cook and turn golden brown, but be careful it doesn’t turn dark brown and burn.


Step 3: Pour the caramel in to baking pan

Once golden brown, quickly pour into a 4.5 cup baking mold (it can be one that is specifically for flan, or any baking dish with that capacity).

Quickly make sure that the caramel coats the bottom and sides of the mold, by swirling around to drag the caramel around the sides of the mold before it hardens.

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Step 4: Prepare the custard

To prepare the custard, put the milk, sugar, pumpkin and vanilla into a saucepan and heat over a medium heat until simmering. Cook until all of the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is evenly heated. Remove the mixture from the heat and let it cool for about 10 minutes, stirring every minute or two.


Step 5: Preheat the over to 325°F 

Step 6: Lightly beat the eggs in a large bowl


Step 7: Temper the egg mixture in to the custard

Making sure that the milk and pumpkin mixture is sufficiently cool (so that it won’t scramble the eggs), whisk in this mixture little by little, until all is incorporated. This process is called ‘tempering’ and basically means to slowly bring up the temperature of the eggs without scrambling them. If you just combine the two mixtures, you’ll end up with cooked eggs in your mixture. We started the process by pouring the custard mixture in to the whisked eggs in 1/4 cup batches.



Step 8: Pour the custard mixture over the caramel


Step 9: Bake the flan for about one hour in a preheated oven at 325°F 

Place the flan mold/pan into a large baking pan. Boil enough water to fill the baking pan halfway. This method of cooking is called ‘bain marie’ and means a container holding hot water into which a pan is placed for slow cooking.


Step 10: Let the flan chill

Remove the mold from the pan of water and allow it to cool completely. Cover with plastic wrap and let chill in the fridge overnight (or for at least 4 hours).


Step 11: Chow down

When ready to serve the flan, run a knife around the edges of the mold to loosen the flan. Then place the serving dish on top, and quickly flip the flan over. Lift off the mold and the flan should slide right out, covered in a golden caramel sauce. We thought it looked nice garnished with some cinnamon sticks and pumpkin decor pieces.


We’re serious, this is good stuff. Keep all eight servings for yourself or be generous and bring this along to your next family gathering. Either way, we don’t judge. 🙂

What is your favorite dish to get in the fall spirit? Share with us in the comments below!

  • **This recipe first appeared on ‘About Food‘, published by Spanish Food Expert, Lauren Aloise


3 Ways You'll Actually Enjoy High School at iSucceed

When it comes attending high school, we want you to know that you have options! If you’re not enjoying sitting in the hectic (and sometimes boring) classroom or forging your way through the hectic hallways with that heavy backpack filled with old textbooks from class to class, then you might want to consider making the switch to iSucceed Virtual High School.

Of course, we are 100% online and tuition free, but here are a couple more ways you might just actually enjoy high school with iSucceed.

1. You Can Say Goodbye to This

The ever-crowded hallway, filled with students frantically trying to make it to their next class period on time. Not to mention, the environment isn’t always the greatest. At iSucceed, you can study in the comfort of your home. And no need to worry about making friends! We have online student clubs, and a staff-monitored online student community page where you can meet classmates, make friends and chat with other who share your interests in a safe environment.

2. You Definitely Won’t Get Stuck Here

We get it. Some days the classroom can be enough to drive you insane. Luckily at iSucceed, you are not tied down to any one location. You can receive the same quality education at your home, a coffee shop or anywhere you have access to the internet and a computer. Plus, you have the freedom to take breaks when you need. As long as you complete your weekly assignments in a timely manner, you can study when  you want!

3. Plus, Our Teachers Won’t Just Leave You With This

We’ve all had that moment: the teacher walks by (or makes you come to her) and hands you the paper that makes your heart sink. You might try to hide it before anyone else sees, but the efforts are usually futile. The difference with iSucceed? Our teachers don’t leave you with a bad paper and leave it up to you to come seek help. Instead, our teachers follow up with any struggling student to see how they can help them improve. You can also easily reach out to instructors for help through instant messaging, emails or phone calls to receive the personalized education you deserve.

To see more ways you can enjoy high school your way with iSucceed, check out our last blog post, and stay tuned as we post more in the near future!

And remember, if you have any questions about Primavera, you can head to or give us a call at 208.908.6250.

  • Students, what is your favorite part of attending iSucceed Online High School? Share with us in the comments below for a chance to be featured in the next blog!

Confucius Says


Celebrated every September 29, Confucius Day honors one of the world’s greatest philosophers hailing from ancient China. Check out some of our favorite facts about Confucius below!

Who is Confucius?

Born in China on October 18, 551 B.C., Confucius is one of the earliest, arguably the first great philosopher. He was also a teacher, a scholar, and a politician. He gave the world many teachings and famous sayings, though many of the quotes that follow a ‘Confucius Says’ joke in popular culture are not direct quotes from the philosopher.


Confucian philosophy has received renewed attention as a model for ethical living in a global community. Many teachings, like “Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself,” are recorded in dialogs called The Analects. Confucius’s praise of civil service led to the creation of a civil service exam during Han dynasty around 200 BC to select government officials through testing. Mao Zedong’s regime embraced this practice during the Great Leap Forward, beginning in 1958. Civil service exams continue in China and have been adopted in many countries, including the United States.

According to most records, Confucius was born under the Chinese zodiac of the dog. Biographer Sima Qian credits this for Confucius having a sad dog face and often appearing rough, like a stray dog.


According to most records, Confucius was born under the Chinese zodiac of the dog. Biographer Sima Qian credits this for Confucius having a sad dog face and often appearing rough, like a stray dog.

Quotes Confucius Actually DID Say

  • “The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.”
  • “The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.”
  • “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”
  • “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
  • “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”
  • “Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.”

Chinese Philosopher | Teacher | Politician

Below is a Bio Card you’ll find within our Social Studies course. Click the card for a fun educational experience to keep your new knowledge of Confucius front of mind.

Tips for Registering to Vote


2016 is an election year and for many of our 18-21-year-old iSucceed students, it will be your first time voting! Becoming of age to vote is a very important step as a U.S. Citizen, and because of that, we want to provide our students with simple tips to help you get registered and informed to vote.

Tips for Registering to Vote

How to Get Registered

The deadline to pre-register to vote in the 2016 presidential election is October 14. Registering in Idaho is simple. Here’s how:
1. Download this form.
2. Fill out the information as directed.
3. Email the completed form to or mail it to the address listed in the instructions.

In order to register by mail or email, you will need to know your social security number and have a driver’s license. If you do not have a driver’s license, you can find the closest County Clerk Office to you and register in person.

Mailed-in registration forms must be postmarked by October 14.

How to Vote on November 8

Once you receive your voter ID information, you’re all set to vote this November 8! Voting booths are open from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. and you can drop in at a time best for you. But remember, lines fill up fast, so be sure to get there early or set aside enough time to wait. To see your voting location, head to this web page.

If you are unable to vote in person, you can request an Absentee Ballot. In this case, you would have a ballot mailed early to your home, fill it out and mail in your votes. Requesting the Absentee Ballot is as simple as getting registered to vote! To do so, head to this website and follow the directions.

How Do I Decide on an Affiliation or Party?

One of the bigger questions you will have to answer is how you want to identify yourself on your voter ID card. While iSucceed does not endorse or support any one group, we do feel it is important that you research and come to an informed decision on whichever party or affiliation you choose.

Here are some ways to help you learn more:

  • Head to to read up on  presidential candidates, take a quiz to see which of the candidates most fit your views and learn more about each political party.
  • You can also take this PBS quiz to determine what political party you most side with.
  • Or head to this site to see all the different political parties available in the U.S., and which ones are ballot-qualified for the 2016 election.

Don’t forget, the deadline to get registered in order to vote in the presidential election is October 14, 2016. We wish you all luck and hope you exercise your rights as a U.S. Citizen this November 8.

  • Do you have any more questions? Share with us in the comments below; we’re happy to help out our iSucceed students!


iSucceed's Curriculum Nominated for Seven Emmy Awards

isucceed-award_winning-curriculum_v2_headerYou may have read in our recent blog post that iSucceed Virtual High School is now offering self-authored award-winning curriculum.

We are proud to announce we may soon be adding some more awards to the list! “Motion: Isaac Newton’s First Law” (also known as “Motion”) is an instructional video used in our physical science course, and has been nominated for seven Rocky Mountain Emmy® Awards! Check out the video below.

About the Video

If you watched the video, you probably noticed that “Motion” incorporates a compelling story format and advanced 3-D animation. But that’s not all that’s great about it! From the script to the music, this video’s top-notch quality was recognized in many different areas. The categories for the seven nominations include: Instructional, Musical Composition, Director Animation, Art Direction and Writer.

About iSucceed’s Curriculum

While we are excited to see the video “Motion” receive seven nominations, the quality within this video is not unique to our curriculum. It is our goal in all of our curriculum videos to bring to life key concepts in order to promote a deeper learning and retention. Behind each lesson developed is a collaborative team of highly skilled education, subject matter and creative experts who are passionate about providing students with content that engages and expands the mind.

All of iSucceed’s curriculum is research-based, accredited and includes an array of interactive and multimedia elements. In addition to the seven Emmy Award nominations, our curriculum has received a SIIA CODiE award, five Telly Awards and a Serious Play award.

About the Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards

The Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is dedicated to excellence in television by honoring exceptional work through the prestigious Emmy ® Award.

The 39th Annual Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards ceremony will be held on October 8 at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. We can’t wait to see our video presented and hope to see it receive an Emmy Award (or seven)!

For more information on iSucceed’s award-winning curriculum, head to this blog post, and stay tuned as we publish more articles.

  • What do you think about the video, “Motion?” Share with us in the comments below!

High School Their Way vs. High School Your Way With iSucceed


When it comes to where you attend high school, we want you to know that you have options! If you’re not enjoying sitting in a chaotic classroom packed with 30+ students, eating the same old cafeteria food or lugging that heavy backpack filled with old textbooks from class to class, then you might want to consider making the switch to iSucceed Virtual High School.

Of course, we are 100% online and tuition free, but here are a couple more ways iSucceed can provide a more customized education than your old school.

Their Frantic Mornings or Your Morning?


Chances are, you probably won’t miss getting up before the sun to catch the school bus. Getting to school each morning can be stressful. Here’s another approach: You wake up, get ready and log in to start on your school work! It’s almost like a weekend every day with iSucceed…except we recommend binge watching our instructional videos and not Netflix.

Their School Desk or Your Personal Workspace?


We all know the look of the uncomfortable, small school desk (usually with gum underneath) that you’re expected to sit in for about an hour before you get a break. With iSucceed’s 100% online curriculum, you can study anywhere you have access to a computer and the internet! That means you could go out and study, or you can make your own personalized, workspace at home. Wherever you choose to complete your school work is entirely up to you.

Their Cafeteria Food or Your Own Lunch?


We can definitely bet you won’t miss eating the same, boring (and slightly gross) cafeteria food. The beauty of online school is that you can make lunch whatever you want to be! Whether you grab cereal or fruit from the fridge or go out to lunch with a friend, you can enjoy eating what you want.

To see more ways you can enjoy high school your way with iSucceed, check out our last blog post, and stay tuned as we post more in the near future!

And remember, if you have any questions about iSucceed, you can head to or give us a call at 208.908.6250.

  • Students, what is your favorite part of attending iSucceed? Share with us in the comments below for a chance to be featured in the next blog!


Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month With iSucceed!


Since 1988, America has celebrated National Hispanic Heritage Month every September 15 to October 15. Do you know why or how it came to be? Read below to learn more on about the great, month-long holiday.

Why the September 15 Start Date?

There’s actually a good reason for Hispanic Heritage Month starting in the middle of the month: it’s an independence day for five different countries. Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua all celebrate their independence anniversary on September 15 and a couple other Latin countries–Mexico, Chile and Belize–celebrate shortly after.

Other Fun Hispanic Heritage Month History Facts

  • It began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week. President Ronald Reagan signed a bill extending it to a full 30-day period.
  • Hispanic Heritage Month was initiated to recognize the many contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans in the United States.
  • It also includes celebrating the long history of Hispanic and Latino influence, starting all the way back to the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus in 1492.

Some Notable Hispanic Historical Figures

We have many Hispanic and Latino Americans to thank for their contributions. Here at iSucceed, we try to include as many of these figures as we can into our curriculum.

Below are Bio Cards you’ll find within our Social Studies courses. Click on them for a fun educational experience on just a few Hispanic Historic Figures.

    • Romualdo Pacheco

    • Simon Bolivar

    • Lorenzo de Zavala

    • Cesar Chavez

Three Ways You Can Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

There are several ways to get in the spirit of Hispanic Heritage! Here are a couple of our recommendations:

1. Read up on some history!

In fact, iSucceed has some great ways for you to learn more in our very own curriculum.
You can start by watching this video on Pancho Villa:

Or check out this iSucceed lesson to learn more about the LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens).

2. Attend an Event Near You

From summits to expos filled with yummy foods, there are a lot of community events happening throughout Idaho to attend! You can check them out on this website.

3. Try Some New Things

Maybe head to an authentic restaurant, try a new recipe or discover some music. You never know where you’ll find that next new thing you love!
We hope you take some time this month to learn and try new things. Don’t forget to stay tuned to our Facebook page as we post more on Hispanic Heritage Month!

  • How do you plan to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month? Share with us in the comments below!

The History of Labor Day

Celebrated every first Monday of September, Labor Day is known as a day to enjoy some time with friends and family and–if you’re lucky–enjoy a day off from your job. But do you know how it started or why we even celebrate the day? Check out the history below!

History of Labor Day

Labor Day dates all the way back to the 1880s when Americans were fighting for labor union rights. It was initiated and passed as an ordinance in New York, a state that celebrated in 1882 in conjunction with the Central Labor Union, complete with public speeches and a parade! Other states followed shortly thereafter, and by 1894, Congress declared the first Monday of September an official holiday.

Fun Facts About Labor Day

  • The first “Labor Day” was actually on a Tuesday!
  • The original name proposed was “Workingmen’s Holiday.”
  • There is a big debate as to who actually proposed the idea of Labor Day: Some say it was Peter McGuire, others argue it was Matthew McGuire.

How You Can Celebrate Labor Day

According to tradition, the answer to this question would be simple! Especially since the way to celebrate was actually outlined when the bill was proposed: Host local parades, gather key-note speakers and take time to pay tribute to “the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker” (Department of Labor). But since there aren’t as many activities or parades taking place anymore, here are some ideas:

  • Attend an Event Happening Near You!
    Although the tradition has faded since Labor Day started over 100 years ago, there are still a lot of fun community events happening in Idaho. You can check out this cool website with a list of all the things happening this Labor Day weekend.
  • Thank A Boss (Or Your Parent)
    If you work at a job with a boss you appreciate, let him or her know by writing a card, making a simple treat or even just expressing your gratitude this Labor Day. If you don’t work, chances are, you have a parent or guardian who works hard for you, so take some time to let them know you appreciate it.
  • Have a BBQ!
    Or just go get a burger to eat. Either way, there’s fewer things more American than enjoying some old fashioned BBQ. Just make sure you invite someone to join in the fun with you!
  • Take Some Time to Relax
    Whether it’s a few minutes to yourself, or the whole day enjoying time with friends, use Labor Day to rest from, well, labor!

This Labor Day, we hope you get to enjoy some fun and take some time to appreciate those who work hard–whether it’s your sibling, parents, teachers or friends–to help you succeed.

*Facts and trivia about Labor Day were gathered from the United States Department of Labor website.

  • What are you doing this Labor Day weekend? Share with us in the comments below!

Facts About iSucceed Virtual High School


iSucceed Virtual High School has grown in the past two years, and we’ve loved getting more students! Because there’s still a lot of facts about us that aren’t generally known, we’ve compiled a list of unique facts about iSucceed. Check them out below.

Facts About iSucceed Virtual High School

  • iSucceed is, in fact, 100% online
    We don’t make you purchase textbooks or “workbooks” for homework. Everything you need to excel in school can be found within your virtual classroom.
  • Our students get free school provided laptops
    Because we are 100% online, and a laptop is necessary to succeed in an online school, we will loan a Google Chromebook to students who express a need. Students who request the laptop will be able to pick it up at the Boise office, or a designated Roadshow location across Idaho. For students who are unable to pick it up, the school will ship the laptop directly to them. Students are required to return the laptop to the school at the time of withdrawal or graduation. Learn more here.
  • We are a public charter school
    Which also means we are tuition free and accredited.
  • We have student clubs and school events
    Meet with classmates online who share your same interests. You’ll also get to attend in-person school events such as Pizza and Perks.
  • And a prom!
    iSucceed students get to vote each year on either having a prom, or an end of the year party! 
  • Our curriculum is split into three courses every nine weeks
    We’ve found that fewer courses at a time allows for better focus and reduced stress. That’s why iSucceed offers three courses every nine weeks. It’s also a great way to add in a course in order to catch up on credits or get ahead and graduate early.
  • Our curriculum is also self authored and award winning!
    One thing that’s unique about iSucceed is that we do not rely on third-party curriculum. We instead offer aligned, self authored curriculum that’s won multiple awards. Check out samples of our curriculum here.
  • We offer AP course options
    iSucceed currently offers an IT course at the AP level. For more options, please contact our Counselor. 

More iSucceed Virtual High School Trivia

  • iSucceed was started by a group of caring parents in 2008
    They started wiuth a vision to create opportunities that would enable all Idaho students to achieve a high school diploma online.
  • Our Executive Director started as a teacher here at iSucceed
    Katie Allison has been with iSucceed since the beginning as a teacher. She became the executive director in 2015. Learn about her here.
  • We changed to the quarter schedule in 2015
    In order to help students better focus and potentially catch up on credits, we made the switch to the quarter semester in 2015. Learn more about it in this infographic.

To learn more about iSucceed, head to

  • What are some other facts you’d like to know about iSucceed? Share with us in the comments below!


How to Enroll for iSucceed Virtual High School This Fall 2016


Welcome, future iSucceed students! If you’ve made it to this blog post, you’re one step closer toward earning your accredited diploma online! Enrolling with us is just as simple. Watch the video or read more detailed instructions below to see how you can get started on your path to a personalized education with iSucceed.

How to Enroll for iSucceed Virtual High School:

Step 1: Fill out the application

First, you will need to submit a quick application asking basic information such as your name, email and phone number. To do so, head to, fill out your information and click submit.

Step 2: Talk With an Advisor

Once you’ve submitted your application, an enrollment advisor will contact you within one business day. If you do not hear from them within that timeframe, go ahead and give them a call at 208.908.6250.

Your enrollment advisor will email you another application to fill out, with simple questions all about you. Be sure to fill it out to the best of your abilities, and then submit.

Step 3: Enrolling

In order to enroll with iSucceed, you will need to send us a copy of a few important documents seen in the image below.


Once you have submitted these documents, and sent in anything your enrollment advisor requests, you will be all set to get started at iSucceed!

Don’t forget, once you’ve finished enrolling, you can fill out an application to get a school provided laptop free of charge while you’re at iSucceed!

Classes start August 22, so be sure to finish enrolling by August 19. For any questions, you can email Candise Cole at

Good luck and we look forward to working you this fall!