Friday, February 17, 2012 is National Cafe au Lait Day and a Cafe au Lait is defined as:

Cafe au lait is French for “coffee with milk”. The same drink is called caffe latte in Italy and cafe con leche in Spain. It is made with a 1:1 or 1:2 ratio of dark roast brewed coffee to heated milk or half-n-half. Add sugar to taste!

Can of Cafe La Llave Espresso

Based on how I fix and like my coffee (a little coffee with lots of half and half and sweetener), I drink a cafe au lait-style coffee daily, which I pronounce as oh-lay, not ahh-late.

Cup of Cafe Bustelo coffee

A national holiday is not needed for me to enjoy a homemade Cafe au Lait.

This one is even creamier. I guess you’d call it Cafe au Baileys. Aka: Cafe au So Good.

Baileys creamer and coffee

I’ve also been enjoying these caramels and they are especially wonderful washed down with a cup of coffee.

Caramel squares

Along with my love of coffee, I love caramels, caramel sauce, and caramel-flavored anything…

Caramel Apple Bars (GF with Vegan adaptation)

Caramel Apple Bars

Caramel Maple Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Caramel Maple Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Raw Vegan GF Caramels (sandwich style with peanut butter in the middle)

Raw Vegan GF Caramels
Raw Vegan GF Caramels with peanut butterRaw Vegan GF Caramels with peanut butter

Caramel Peanut Butter and Apricot Jelly Bars (GF with Vegan adaptation)

Caramel Peanut Butter and Apricot Jelly Bars

I just unwrapped 40 caramels and made something else with them.

Caramel squares

My fingers are tired after all that unwrapping, but it was so worth it. The recipe is coming.

The Peanut Butter Cheerios Giveaway winners will be announced Friday.

Are you celebrating Cafe au Lait Day with coffee or any specialty coffee drinks?

I will be, indeed. It’s a holiday that I celebrate every day, a few times over.

I want to give a special shoutout to longtime reader and friend, Michele S., who sent me a delicious bag of coffee, which I’ve been savoring the past few mornings.

Do you like caramels?

I love them and if you have any favorite caramel recipes, link them here, where you can easily drop in a picture, too.

TGIF and enjoy your weekend!

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