Monday, November 30, 2009

DeNae's Month o' Gratitude, Day Thirty & Fudgey Kickoff!

With just 23 1/2 hours left in NaNoWriMo, I have written exactly 46,424 words, many of them coincidentally strung together to form actual sentences. In English, no less.

While my story won't be finished by the time I hit 50,000, I am now confident that, short of my fingers falling off during the night or my Adult ADD (for which I am the International Prom Queen) causing me to forget I've spent the last month writing a novel, I should come in at well over 50K by midnight.

I'd like to thank all of my loyal supporters, especially LT Elliot who started it all (for me, anyway!) and the groovy gals in my 'writing group'; the makers of Peanut Butter M&Ms and Diet Coke; and the scientists and chemists whom I probably snubbed in High School because I was pretty sure that, as a choir girl and president of the Spanish club, I was far cooler than any of them - who went on to invent prescription pain meds and whatever laser-slurpee device they use to scarf out misbehaving gall bladders.

You always had my back. Except for those slurpee doctor guys, who had, you know, my gall bladder.

30: I am thankful for fudge. Last year, when I had 11 followers, I posted my Salute to Fudge, which was originally a family Christmas letter I wrote several years ago.

(What? You send actual news about your family in your "Family Christmas Letter"? What's that all about?)

Now that I have a few more friends lounging around my backordered life, fighting over the good recliner and hogging the remote, I thought perhaps I would repeat that life-altering tribute.

This time, however, I'll post just one thought-provoking nugget of wisdom each day, intended to raise your appreciation for that magical combination of marshmallow and chocolate that single-handedly keeps me from waltzing into the nearest Apple store with a live grenade and screaming, "Have you considered making an iPod out of Lego's, you money grubbing purveyors of hyper fragile electronic devices which kids like my daughter, who could manage to turn a tuna sandwich into a foot-full of glass shards, then take with them while they go running?"

Fudge is great any time. But in December, it's pretty much medicinal. I'd take it in an IV drip if I could figure out how to get the walnuts through the tube.

Anyway, I'll kick that off tomorrow. But meanwhile, here is my recipe for Marshmallow Fudge, the Sugary Treat of the Gods and Soother of Savage Shoppers.

Happy Fudgey Holidays!

DeNae's Marshmallow Fudge
4 cups sugar
2 cups mini marshmallows
1 1/2 cups evaporated milk
2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup butter
1 12 oz. pkg semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts

Place butter and chocolate chips in a large mixing bowl and set aside. In your largest saucepan (or medium soup pot), combine sugar, marshmallows, and milk. Stir over medium heat until rolling boil. Continue boiling for 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, and add vanilla. Pour this mixture over the butter and chocolate chips, and mix with an electric mixer for 5 full minutes. Stir in the nuts. Pour fudge into a buttered 9x13 cake pan and allow to cool. When it is safe to do so, refrigerate fudge until it is completely set.

Cut fudge into squares, place them in a zip lock bag, and take it everywhere you go for the next 25 days. Trust me. You're going to need it.


Hel said...

Holy Crapola DeNae... you did it (well almost)!!! I am most impressed that I got to read a post from you every day. I feel as though I took up the mantle of posting only once a week just for you. You. Are. Welcome.

I am looking forward to reviewing the fudge. I can't believe I've been reading your blog for over a year now. Good heavens!

Happy Mom said...

I truly do hope to be able to read your book someday!

My all time favorite fudge? That super easy, my-husband-can-even-make-it one with the package & 1/2 of choc chips, 1 can sweetened cond. milk, a dash of salt and tsp of vanilla. The only way you can ruin it is if you have never melted chocolate in the microwave and so burn it because you don't know to do the 1 minute, stir, 1 minute stir thing. It's the smoothest, creamiest fudge I've ever tasted and if you add nuts, it's rapture in bite sized morsels!!

Can't wait to hear more about fudge!

Mallory said...

Yay for fudge! By the way, how in the heck do you go from 11 followers to over 100 in a year? I have been blogging for a year and a half and I don't even have 30 followers yet. (Of course, your blog is hilarious and awesome...and my is just....sometimes funny.)

The Garden of Egan said...

Honey, I'll hook ya up with the FUDGE IV and I'll do it STAT!
Don't worry about the nuts, we'll make it work.
Hope ya don't mind needle sharing cause I'm mainlining your leftovers.

wonder woman said...


BTW, I lurved the bit you posted yesterday from your book with the 150 year old iguana whose skin plays youtube videos. I busted my gut reading that. (Not very good for a pregnant lady, but definitely worth it!)

Jessica said...

Nothing is better than fudge! I haven't seen a recipe like yours, but I'll definitely try it out. The more fudge the better.

Kristina P. said...

Congrats on all your hard work! And congrats on making me want to gain 50 pounds with that fudge.

Annette Lyon said...


(Now I want some fudge, dangit.)

Melanie J said...

I just finished about five of your posts in one sitting and all I have to say is: it was pure bliss. Ah.....

Homer and Queen said...

love ya you grateful thing you!

Lisa said...

Hey, I have 11 followers too, does that mean in a year I`ll have as many as you? Probably not; you're amazingly hilarious and I'm only mildly amusing. Sniff, sniff...going to drown my sorrows in some fudge now.

Gloria (The Mamafamilias) said...

Does this book end with "As God is my witness, I'll never go hungry again?", cause if it does, I want to have the lead roll in the movie. Especially if I can eat fudge during the breaks.

wendy said...

sheeesh, I think it was clear back last year that AMBER turned me on to your blog ---with the fudge story.

If we use a bigger IV, we could squeeze the walnuts through couldn't we.
I must stay away from fudge as much as possible cause I have gained 10 FREAKING pounds since moving here


who am I kidding

Gloria (The Mamafamilias) said...

Okay, how about maybe the lead role?? Dadbum, you'd think I had food on the brain or something.

LiaFilomena said...

If you want to change it up for the world's greatest peanut butter fudge one day this month, just let me know.... I have the recipe and have already made it twice since Thanksgiving(practice makes perfect, right?), and always love an excuse to make more!

AS Amber said...

Baaaaa!!! So I was going to write a comment here but the first thing I saw was my WV: butumb

When I first glanced at it I thought it said: butbum.

I've never made your fudge. Avery LOVES fudge so I'll have to make her some. After we get through the last of FOUR Nutcraker performances!!!

Love you!

M-Cat said...

I am the only person on the face of the planet who hates fudge. For reals.
Is that a deal breaker?

Lynne's Somewhat Invented Life said...

How on EARTH did I miss a fudge post. Fudge, the food of the Gods. Your recipe is now in my "to try" file. I'm considering doing the 12 days of Christmas for some older people in my ward and they will certainly get fudge. Mmm.

Sher said...

I might have to break my vow of mean...isolation..and go buy the ingredients and make it. Yum, yum.

Lisa Loo said...

DeNae--you are the frozen marshmallows in my fudge--so I am actually going ALL the way back to here to start catching up on your blog!

Seriously--I have a similar recipe but frozen marshys are part of the deal--the DEAL-maker I should say---