Guest Post: Alex@Late Enough

April 30, 2012

Hi Readers! Did Momalom’s 5 for 5 wipe you guys out as much as it did me? I am roadkill, people.

Luckily, my wonderful friend Alex (you know her blog right? Late Enough)? Well if you don’t, you are missing out, because she is seriously awesome and funny and your life will be better with her in it.

Anyways, she offered to guest post for me today, and I’m ever so grateful, and I know you’ll love her as much as I do.  Please give her a warm welcome, and thanks Alex, for saving my sorry, exhausted butt.

*********** :Lumpy Fudge***********

When a parent decides to become a better cook, all recipes and cookbook bought by her should begin with the warning: DO NOT ANNOUNCE YOU ARE MAKING {insert sweet savory food} UNLESS YOU HAVE ALL THE CORRECT INGREDIENTS.

Let’s take the day I decide to make my friend’s easy-to-make fudge. I put the ingredients on the grocery list just before Christmas thinking this would be a fun project during our holiday break. By “listing our ingredients” I mean “writing white chocolate chips” because my son and I do not like milk or dark chocolate, and I forget to list the other main ingredient “sweet condensed milk.”

I notice my mistake the following week and stay quiet about the fudge. I also stay quiet about needing the can of milk and instead forget about the recipe completely.

In March, I notice this delicious bag of white chocolate chips and I think of my friend’s fudge. And then I say the vocal equivalent of digging my own grave: HEY KIDS! LET’S MAKE FUDGE.

YAYAYAYAYAYAY fills my home.

I pull out the chocolate and the recipe.  While my kids munch on the chips, my stomach sinks at the ingredients list. I scan my pantry for sweet milk in case a packet of sloppy joe spices made condensed babies with the walnuts.

I turn to Google for substitutes.

I am pleasantly surprised by how many recipes for a homemade version of sweet condensed milk exist until I realize every recipe calls for a can of evaporated milk. Guess what foodies? If I don’t have sweet condensed milk, I probably don’t have evaporated milk just hanging around waiting for its time to shine.

My kids are getting restless and plying them with chips is not enough. The drums begin: FUDGEFUDGEFUDGE.

I take matters into my own blender and decide to make sweet condensed milk with lowfat milk, sugar and hot water from my Keurig.

I mixed it all up, throw in the rest of the chocolate and pop it in the microwave then the fridge.

I announce: When you wake up in the morning, we’ll have fudge!

I should’ve ended that sentence in a question mark because at the 2-hour-refrigerated fudge time, the kids are asleep and the fudge is more like a frozen lake. One which is very unsafe. In other words, I have a single layer congealed on the top and liquid goo underneath. I made the global warming of fudge.

I stir and re-refrigerate hoping the kids don’t ask about the fudge in the morning.

Sadly, lumpy fudge actually is as good as it looks.

The next day, I determinedly dip some strawberries in it like I meant to make lumpy fondue and end up sick to my stomach.

The moral of the story is:

Don’t make your own sweet condensed milk.


Don’t eat my cooking.


Send fudge.

Probably the latter.

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Alexandra April 30, 2012 at 7:13 am

I come to your blog for your words, Alex, which are the food I need for my soul.

I forgive your fudge escapade.



Katybeth April 30, 2012 at 7:27 am

I admire for you for thinking you can make condensed milk and giving it your best effort. These are the times we teach our children about thanking someone for their best effort and then putting evaporated milk and white chocolate chips back on the list.

Always glad to know these things don’t just happen to me!


Jenna April 30, 2012 at 9:15 am

Heehee! Awesome story, and great advice. I’ll be double checking my ingredients before promising ANYTHING to kids.


Lyndsey@TheTinySkillet April 30, 2012 at 9:36 am

At least it makes for a good story :)


elizabeth April 30, 2012 at 12:17 pm

I have to offer credit for at least trying to come up with a solution that didn’t require running out to the store , and had it worked it would be the coolest MacGuyver moment ever.


Alex@LateEnough April 30, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Oh my, your foodie readers are so nice to me. It would’ve been an awesome moment but a boring story. Thanks y’all for letting this non-foodie have her moment.



Alex@LateEnough April 30, 2012 at 12:59 pm

I meant to say if the condensed milk had worked it would’ve been an awesome moment. Thanks for letting me have my story.

Maybe I need to be resting today too.


Arnebya April 30, 2012 at 1:54 pm

I’m giggling only b/c I have done this so very many times it’s no longer funny. Start the oil to boiling, wash the chicken, and realize there is no flour. Great. Did you ever try again w/all the ingredients? Was there devastation the next morning or did they basically say ew nevermind?


idiosyncratic eye April 30, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Ah when fudge goes wrong it does it wholesale. As well as condensed milk being a prerequisite, use a really fine sugar. There’s nothing worse than homemade fudge tasting like a chocolate sandcastle. Well at least to my mind. I would have thought too that fudge must predate condensed milk so there must be an alternative:,177,148190-254199,00.html. Have fun! :)


Barbara May 1, 2012 at 4:11 am

Too funny. I run to the computer all the time searching for substitutes for an ingredient. We all do. Guess I better keep both evaporated AND condensed milk in the pantry just in case. :)


Justine May 1, 2012 at 6:10 am

Oh fudge! But kids are easily distracted – “Look, there’s a hippo on our neighbor’s lawn!”

Maybe that might work? Or you’ll just have to rely on their forgiving nature.

Nice to see you here Alex!


TKW May 1, 2012 at 7:39 am

Thanks Alex, for being so awesome and for being willing to guest post. You’re golden.


BigLittleWolf May 1, 2012 at 8:42 am

Love it! (Promise little, deliver much?)

Fudge isn’t in my repertoire… Cake, on the other hand… :)


Tinne from Tantrums and Tomatoes May 2, 2012 at 5:56 am

I’m still laughing at ‘the global warming of fudge’.


Ashley // Our Little Apartment May 3, 2012 at 6:04 am

I started laughing so hard I was crying.

Then I read it aloud to my husband and laughed so more.



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