My frugal mind got to wandering, and then my frugal fingers started typing in Google. And sure enough, there is a frugal approach to a cafe au lait. And no extra kitchen gadgets were needed. If you have an immersion blender, you are set.
Add milk to a cup that is wide and deep. Warm the milk in the microwave or on the stove. Once warm, use the immersion blender. You'll get the froth you desire! Pour into a mug at the same time you pour the coffee. The result is a delightful cafe au lait.
Image credit: M. Gustafson Gervasi, 2012. Note - the mug was free, obtained by my husband while consulting for a client.
No fancy mug purchases in our frugal home. And we've found really cool mugs for pennies at thrift stores.
Thanks for reading, and in the weeks ahead watch for posts on reducing the number of processed items. I have an ice cream machine on loan from a friend, and an eye on a waffle maker. Jump in with comments if you have some. And have a great frugal week!