December 6, 2013

Thanksgiving Carrot Souffles and a UnCorkdArt Custom Dish GIVEAWAY!

Oh boy where does time go?! Just a day ago it seems it was Thanksgiving and I had so many recipes I wanted to share with y'all! Then time got away from me and now it's 6 days into December! YIKES!
Forgive me for being behind but I just have to share this Carrot Souffle recipe I made for Thanksgiving dinner. It looks and has a similar texture to mashed sweet potatoes but instead of the traditional potatoes it's pureed sweet carrots with a caramelized sugar topping!
 Scroll down for the recipe and a recap of our Thanksgiving day!

And since y'all have been so patient with me how about another giveaway?!
I am home in Florida now with my family for the holidays and one of my favorite things my mom and I like to do is check out the local holiday craft fairs and support the small businesses. I am a huge fan of and love giving my friends and family unique one of a kind homemade gifts instead of something generic from the store.So I have teamed up with Sharon and her shop UnCorkdArt, based in Crestview, FL. She describes her shop as "Unique Etched Glass with a Twist of Military Pride".  
We are giving away one of her most popular items: a custom design 9X13 glass baking dish with your choice of any of her designs. I personally love the "I Saw This On Pinterest" design above and the EOD Crab symbol (for my hubby, of course). Check out her Etsy and Facebook pages to see all her crafty designed items and enter to win below!

 Carrot Souffles


Makes 4 servings
  • 6 Medium Size Carrots, peeled and cut 1 inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  •  1 teaspoon allspice
  • Sugar (white, brown, or turbinado) for topping
  • cooking spray


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  
  2. Grease 4 ramekins and set aside.
  3. In medium pot (or use a counter top steamer), boil water and cook carrots  in water until fork tender.  Drain and set aside.
  4. Combine remaining ingredients in food processor and pulse until well combined.  Add in cooked carrots and continue to pulse until smooth.
  5. Divide carrot mixture into prepared ramekins and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until done.
  6. Remove from oven and turn on broiler.
  7. Sprinkle with sugar and caramelize by placing under broiler for about one minute.  
  8. Serve and enjoy!
Peel and chop your carrots.
Steam until fork tender and soft, about 20-30 minutes.
Add your remaining ingredients to a food processor and mix until combined.

Drain carrots and add to the food processor mixture and blend until smooth.
Pour into greased 4 ramekins or double the recipe like I did for 
Thanksgiving and pour into an 8X8 baking dish. Bake for 40 minutes.
Turn on the broiler.
Sprinkle the tops with additional brown sugar and broil for about one minute or until the sugar has caramelized on top.
Creamy, slightly sweet, with a nice crunch on top! The perfect holiday side dish!

 Mom making stuffing and Aunt Candie checking out the Black Friday ads.
 Mom and Uncle Mike prepping their tasty dishes and my happy Dad smiling because we were about to eat some delicious food!
 Uncle Mike sure is a ham! (Corny I know, but you know you smiled!)
My Crockpot Pumpkin Spice Coffee was the perfect drink to go with dessert after our big meal!
Speaking of pumpkin did you see my previous post on Pumpkin Pie Dip? It was the best appetizer!

Posing in the kitchen as I make my souffle!

I am THANKFUL for my Family!

We are lucky enough to rent a condo in Destin every Thanksgiving and spend the week with my Aunt and Uncle visiting from south Florida and my parents. Last year Ava was teeny tiny so this year was her first "real" Thanksgiving! My parents and Uncle Mike love to cook (Have you seen my Iron Chef battle video with my Uncle Mike?) and this year we had quite the spread even though we had a smaller group (Ashton is deployed overseas and my sweet Grandma passed on in July). My Dad made a Turducken for the first time, Mike made Ham, Crab Bisque, and Green Bean Casserole, Mom made Stuffing and Cranberries, and I made Carrot Souffles and Pumpkin Dip. For dessert my Uncle Mike, always the overachiever (haha) made a Key Lime Cheescake with key limes picked off his own tree! Ava liked the ham, cranberries, and Pumpkin Dip the most but she did try my Carrots too. What a blessing it was to spend some time with our family in beautiful Destin! I love my hometown! I just wish my Ashton could have been there!
Ava with her grandparents at the condo in Destin. She loved looking out at the water!

We had to take a pic for Ava's Daddy!
 My little turkey didn't want to stay still but we managed to snap a few shots! 
Her shirt is from Smooch Children's Boutique, her turkey hair clip is made by Kraftie Kristina and her knit turkey hat is made by a local lady at an antique mall in Deridder, LA.

Giveaway time! Enter to WIN here:

You must like both Facebook pages to be entered. You can earn additional entries by tweeting the giveaway, commenting, and posting on Pinterest and Instagram. 
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  1. Glass etching is so cool. I would love mine to have our last name. This way it never would be taken from a potluck dinner... Lol

  2. I love the Pinterest design! Also love the military themes. Our military is so under-appreciated.

  3. I would love to have one with my blog name on it!

  4. What a great giveaway! Since I bake all the time, this would be a gem to win! As Anonymous wrote on Dec 6th, I would also put our last name on mine so I would never lose it.

    BTW, your daughter is so adorable and I loved her Thanksgiving shirt and photos!

  5. I would love the Air Force FAMILY - 2 Qt Baking Dish with EOD Crab in the middle. :)

  6. The EOD casserole dish would be so cute to have to memorialize this time in our life. It would be cool if it had my last name on there as well!

  7. I love the "I can't believe you ate the whole thing dish", the "I saw this on Pinterest" and the monogrammed ones. In other words, I pretty much loved them all and would have a hard time choosing if I won!

  8. I like the design of the one in your pic that has the name Givens on it (I don't see it on the Etsy site,though). It's very similar in style to the memorial stickers they made after my friend Todd was killed. His mother is always baking something and I would love to get her a casserole dish with the Big Todd Forever logo.

  9. I think I'd like one with our family name on it.

  10. What a great giveaway! :) All of them are great.


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