Tuesday, October 7, 2008

It's here it's here!!

Today is a long post, but have several things I couldn't wait to share. :)
My husband is glad to have his beer fridge back and I no longer feel like I'm living in a dorm. As Candy said I'll probably win one and go figure there's a contest I just saw with a chance to win a new fridge. I think I might have to try for it anyway, only because my fridge doesn't have a built in LCD tv!
Here's the my old fridge about to be taken away:

My husband is great, he said I could pick out my dream fridge and I do love my new fridge, but it's not my "dream fridge". My dream fridge is a walk in cooler, and he vetoed that idea. :) I have no idea what I would fill it with, but it would be nice around the holidays to have the extra fridge space. Oh well that's what dreams are for.
To celebrate the new appliance I saw something Prudy made that made my mouth water. Caramelized Onions Pear and Brie Crostini. I made the minor change of what went in the onions due to my hubby thinking the extra onion I bought was supposed to be all for fajitas. Grrr I think I need to label things or else hide it when I come home from the store.

Caramelized Onions, Pear, and Brie Crostini
(adapted from Prudence Pennywise)

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons honey
1 teaspoon vinegar (cider, red wine, or balsamic work well)
16 thin sliced multi grain baguettes, toasted (about half a baguette)
2 ounces brie
1/2 of a pear, very thinly sliced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally until onion caramelizes, about 20 minutes. (I usually get bored and crank up the heat-it's not a true caramelization, but it's still fabulous.) Add the honey and vinegar and cook for another 3 minutes, stirring often. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Spread brie very thinly over crostini. Top with onion mixture and thin pear slices. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

One of my other hobbies is photography. It's another creative outlet for me to put myself up against some really talented people. Since I was out of town Saturday I missed the reception held to announce the winners of the Katy Rice Festival photo contest. We stopped by yesterday and saw that out of the 5 pictures I turned in 3 of them had placed on one was honored with Best of Show. This year they only displayed the top 10 photos of each category due to the amount of entries they got. I am proud to say all 5 of my pictures were posted.

1st place and best of show in Rice category
2nd place in Family Living category
2nd place in Digital Imaging


  1. congrats on the new fridge! and those pics are so cute! photography is something i enjoy too...oh and that dinner looks yummy!

  2. Congrats on your award winning photography. Love your fridge and your crostini looks great!

  3. What neat photography! Congrats on your new frige.

  4. I love your new fridge! And congrats on your photography! Amazing work!

  5. Your photos are gorgeous. So is that fridge. I'm green.

  6. Oh hooray. YOur new fridge looks absolutely perfect. Now I'm jealous! You are one talented woman. Congrats on your photo awards. I'm so glad you liked the crostini.

  7. I'm jealous of that fridge. I would love one with a bottom drawer freezer, too.

    Your recipe looks fantastic.