Another Christmas has come and gone. This one has been a little different. We almost always leave the tree and decorations up until Epiphany (just because we can), but usually there’s not a shred of wrapping paper to be seen after we finish opening gifts. Even now it’s still strewn across the floor. It’s impossible to clean it all up when the kitten immediately begins playing with all of the paper as soon as we start gathering it up again. (I’m going to be a pushover of a parent, aren’t I?)
Remind me again why we didn’t have a pet before? I can’t wait to experience Christmas with kids.
Anyways, ever since we visited Quebec over the summer, I’ve had a new appreciation for my French heritage. Okay, so besides practicing the language more, it mostly translates into the addition of Quebecois food. But there was one major favorite missing from my at-home repertoire: cafe au lait.
The problem: I didn’t have a milk frother. It’s essential to a proper bowl of cafe au lait. My mom has one because it’s attached to a fancy espresso machine, which means that I’ve only been able to get my fix at her house. And while I enjoy coffee, I just don’t drink it enough to justify an espresso machine.
So this Christmas, my husband set to work on researching milk frothers. About two hours of undercover reading later, he found what seems (at least, so far) to be just the right one: a $15-ish manual one from Amazon. Unlike an appliance, it’s hard to break, and it froths milk at any temperature (even cold!) in about a minute.
I’m still perfecting how many times to pump the handle and I still need proper bowls to drink it French style. (For now, does a Belle cup count? She’s from a French fairytale…) But it’s the little things that keep life fun.
What’s your favorite coffee? Have you tried cafe au lait before?