~A Kitchen Vignette~

vignetteAWe are promised 50 degree nights and 70’s during the day, this week.

I know, and completely understand, not everyone welcomes Fall with open arms, the way I do.  It truly is my favorite time of year. 

This year I will welcome the season even more than usual.  Summer has been a tad hot, here in the St Louis area.  The temperatures, coupled with the humidity we have in Missouri, makes it seem much warmer than the thermometer reads. 

I tend not to think about what lies beyond Fall, preferring to savor the season, rather than project toward Winter.

When the time comes, I’ll welcome Winter, when we light the fireplace and enjoy the season, from our hearth room chairs. 

Since J retired, as a Lineman, for the local rural electric cooperative, I don’t have to worry about him going out in all kinds of weather conditions, including Winter. 

He served the cooperative well for nearly 40 years.

“Moose” celebrated his 65th birthday, Monday August 23. 

It’s been an interesting 65 years, to say the least.


It’s nice having him home when the weather is extreme and the roads not so nice .

It’s also nice the phone doesn’t ring, with “trouble calls”, in the wee small hours of the morning.

The vignette


I gathered a few cookbooks and added them to the cabinet top, at the end of the island.  Black and white dishes in a dish rack, a welcome home sign, canister and rooster add to the vignette.  I couldn’t resist the addition of a pumpkin. 



Tuesday Night Supper

One day a week, we have pasta.   

I love pasta!

I was very happy when I had great cholesterol numbers, at the check up, earlier this month.  J’s cholesterol report was good, too. 

That means we can continue our once a week pasta night, until further notice.

I’m always on the lookout for different ways to prepare pasta.

This week, I chose a recipe from the magazine, La Cucina Italiana (October 2010).


Penne con Salsiccia Zafferano

Fine sea salt

1/8 teaspoon crumbled saffron threads

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 cup thinly sliced onion

(from one medium)

1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves

3/4 pound sweet Italian sausage

1 cup heavy cream

1 pound penne

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.  Meanwhile combine 1 tablespoon water and saffron in a small bowl; set aside.

In a large nonstick skillet; heat oil over medium heat.  Add onion and thyme, cook stirring frequently, until softened, about 4 minutes, then add sausage and cook, breaking up sausage with a wooden spoon, until sausage is mostly cooked through, about 6 minutes.  Add cream, saffron mix and a generous pinch of salt, bring to simmer and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.  Remove from heat and cover to keep warm.

Add pasta to the boiling water and cook until al dente.  Drain, then transfer to a large bowl; immediately add cream mixture and toss to combine.  Adjust seasoning and serve immediately.


I served Heirloom Tomato Carpaccio Salad, with the pasta.

The recipe is from Mary of Home is Where the Boat Is

The link will take you to photos of her beautiful salad and the recipe.


Linking to Artie’s Vignette Fridays.



Designs by Gollum

Happy weekend!


AntiqueChase said...

Beautiful pictures... Your kitchen really looks so inviting!

W.C.Camp said...

Wow that is a nice looking recipe! Who could resist that? HA, you could not hold out a minute longer and the pumpkin came out! My Mom will have dozens gracing the house very soon! Enjoy the nice weather. W.C.C.

The Farmer's Daughter said...

Your photos are beautiful as always. The pasta recipe looks devine, will have to try that out.

I love the fall, too. It is definitely my favorite time of year and I'm so looking forward to it after this blistering hot summer we've had here in mid-Missouri.

Btw, my husband is also a lineman, so I know what you mean about the late night phone calls and worrying about him out in all sorts of nasty weather. He worked the big rain storm we had in our area recently...around 16 hours. I'm counting the days until retirement...4 more years. He's a little younger than I am, wish we could swap birthdays! He loves his job, tho, it'll be hard for him to quit. It'll be close to 40 yrs. for him when he retires.

Have a good Thursday,

Sheree said...

The Vignette is lovely Pat and the recipe sounds yummy! I'm not sure I've ever cooked with saffron. I'm curious if it went well with the sausage?

My husband is not a lineman but works for one of the Tree Co.'s that clear Ameren's utility lines of over growth and of course fallen or broken branches as well during storms. That man loves storm work, but I could live without the worry. We have Cuivre River in our little neck of the woods. I love getting my electricity from a co-op, always makes me feel a bit rebellious! *g*

Windows all open here this's like heaven! Happy Thusday! :)

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Beautiful vignette, Pat. Wish our weather would cool down some more. We are cooler this week and I look forward to fall, too.

Stephanie said...

I'm not ready for fall, but you *do* make a beautiful vignette! You have such a warm home!

Southern Lady said...

Your vignette is so pretty, Pat. I, too, love Fall, and can't wait to get my Fall decorations out. I'm trying to make myself wait until the middle of September, but after seeing your lovely vignette, I doubt I can wait that long.

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

Looks good Pat, just a thought, I stay away from Italian sausage because of the high fat content, so I use turkey Italian sausage, it is much better and sooo good! My arms are open wide, ready to embrace fall!

Janet said...

Your vignette is gorgeous, love the red cookbooks. And that pasta sounds to die for, I may have to make it very soon. I even have some saffron hiding in my cupboard. Hurry fall, I also put a small pumpkin out yesterday as a precursor.

Sindy said...

I have been enjoying your blog and so many of your vignette photos are just inspiring! May I ask a question? Your blog header, Molly, and other side bar pictures--are they watercolors or is there a "photoshop" application you use to turn photos into watercolors or paintings?--they look so cool!
Sindy :)

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

What a beautiful vignette! I love fall too. Our summer has been overly hot and muggy. We are just finally getting some wonderful summer days.

Dinner looks scrumptious!

xinex said...

Beautiful vignette, Pat. I like how you displayed the plates in a rack, serves as an additional storage. The pasta looks good, I copied the recipe and I'm going to try it...Christine

CHERI said...

Sure wish you lived next door...I'd have you over everyday, feed you muffins or something delicious, while I picked your brain for design ideas for my home!!!! I am soooo envious of your cooler weather. Talk about heat humidity...south GA has been afire all summer. I am almost giddy about the thoughts of fall!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Pretty vignette, I like the dish rack! I bought a dish rack (not as pretty as yours!) but haven't decided what to do with it yet.


S. Etole said...

Fall is definitely in the air here, too. That Rooster is the best!

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

Temps in the fifties at night? Be still my heart. You serve great looking food, display gorgeous and inspiring vignettes, take great photos. What can't you do? I often ask myself. I love the black dish drainer. I've seen one similar at Ballard Designs online. And another at HL. Did you get yours at either of those two places? I really like the contrast of it.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

So pretty, Pat. The recipe looks wonderful!

Barb ♥

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Like your vignette! That pasta looks so good. I love a good pasta dish, but also have to watch things like that. :( Happy Birthday to J.
72 here now and have the door open to let in fresh air until it heats up.

someplace in thyme said...

Oh Pat, I love what you are doing with the kitchen. And the addition of the pumpkin is perfect.
This has been a crazy summer, not that bad here in the desert, but I am over the top ready for fall, my favorite season. Hubby coming home and that delicious meal, wonderful, comforting and I bet it smells so yummy too, Char

Susan said...

I am new to your site. I just love all of your photographs and the vignette is just lovely. The black and white dishes are just gorgeous! I am going to have to get me some of those ;o)

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi Pat, aren't these temparatures great? I have the doors open in the shop and the windows open in the house. I love smelling the fresh cut grass in the mornings and the early birds chirping to their mates.
I love your vignette... so inviting. Hope you find lots of goodies to put into your dough bowl.. hugs ~lynne~

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

The vignette is so pretty. I love the black and white dishes with the plain white, esecially in the iron dish rack. I'm going to have to keep an eye out for some black and white plates!
Fall is my favourite season too. I love the changes and the cooler weather. My love for the season is slightly dampered by the fact that I head back to school/work then. But, I realize I am very fortunate to have a job, and one that allows me to be home with my family in the summer.

vignette design said...

I'm looking forward to Fall too. Your kitchen vignettes are lovely! And that pasta recipe looks delish!

Beverly said...

Enjoy your break from the heat and humidity. It will be welcome here, too.

I've been thinking about pumpkins, mums and gourds. It is always fun to celebrate the beauty of Autumn. It is my husband's favorite time of year.

I am showing your RL inspired tablescape to one of my co-workers. She is going to love those cobalt blue glasses.

AshTreeCottage said...

So much to say ~ first of all Happy Belated Birthday to "Moose". I am sure it is a relief to have him safe and secure after many years of being a lineman. Next, what a lovely vignette and finally ... that recipe sounds divine! I will be trying it very soon!!

Susan and Bentley

Mary said...

Hi Pat! Love your kitchen island vignette with the cookbooks & rooster. I am soooo ready for fall! We are slightly cooler this week but I have been dreaming about temps in the 50's -70's...

Your pasta looks so delish and just what I crave when the weather is a touch cooler! Thanks so much for the mention~ the fact you think the salad is beautiful and worthy of a second look is high praise :-)

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

That is a beautiful vignette. I'm not ready to put out the pumpkins, but blogging is starting to push me into it a bit. I keep seeing the cute fall things and I still have the flip-flop mat at the front door.

Your recipe looks yummy!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Pat,
I love how your pictures evoke such feeling for me. They are amazing! And that vignette is just gorgeous! And I have some of the black and white plates and can't wait to use them again!
Happy Belated B-Day to your hubby!
One day before mine. And thank-you for the birthday wishes to me.
I am glad that you two are so happy in retirement. I look forward to that time with my own hubby.

Daydream Living said...

Hi Pat,
I found your blog through Brenda (cozy little house) and look forward to hear more about your beautiful photography style, I believe it will be tomorrow on her blog. I really love your pictures! Have a good evening,


Happy B-Day J! I, too am ready for fall. With all the leaves falling on our deck today, I am sure it is coming soon. Enjoy this wonderful weather.


Sue said...

Pat, You and I seem to be in the minority- wanting fall to makes its permanent appearance! I love your black and white mix AND the addition of the pumpkin! LOL I need to get into my closet and start bringing out the rest of my fall things. The kitchen was just the beginning. :-)
hugs, Sue

Rose Mary said...

The temperature has been wonderful down here, too, Pat. I took my coffee out on the porch this morning and got chill bumps!

The recipe sounds so good. We love pasta at our house, too.

Lovely vignette! Your entire home is so pretty. Thank you for sharing it with all of us!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh Pat, isn't this weather glorious? Belated happy birthday to "Moose"! You amaze me - you can even make cookbooks look pretty! Lovely vignette. We are pasta lovers too, and that looks delicious. Thanks for the recipe. laurie

Cindy Rand said...

It's beautiful in Illinois right now too. I also love love love fall! I am with you Pat! Love the black and white dishes. And the pasta looks wonderful. I copied the recipe and am going to give it a try. Thanks much!

Nancy said...


I am one who welcomes Fall with open arms and I am so happy to say that today, in Tulsa, we had some of the most perfect weather hinting to the crisp days of Fall soon to be upon us. I am happy to say so long to 100 degree days for awhile.

Love your vignette and your dinner looks so good. I love most any pasta dish so this is a must try for me.

smiles to you,


CosmoGirl Carla said...

Love the vignettes you've shared. I'm always looking to change things up in my kitchen, and your photos are an inspiration. Glad to hear your cholesterol numbers were good, and I'll definitely be trying the pasta recipe.

Oh, I come from a family of lineman as well - my dad and my brother. I remember those call outs very well as a kid!

A big belated b'day wish to "Moose"!

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

I'm enjoying the cooler weather this week, too, especially after the HOT summer we've had. I love fall, but it's always bittersweet, knowing that winter is right around the corner. Fall never lasts long enough for me!

This pasta recipe looks delicious. YUM. :-)

Allie and Pattie said...

Pat, thanks so much for your input- I really value your opinion. Interestingly, the one couple that saw our house LOVED the kitchen- in all it's "unstaged" glory. As someone who is paid to do it, I have often told realtors that I thought they were going too far in this particular area. The responses I've gotten seem to bear me out. Thank you- as you know, your home is one of my absolute favorites
xoxo Pattie

Debbie said...

Oh Pat your vignette is just marvelous! I love your pictures...they are so virtual. THanks for stopping by. Hope we all get that cool crisp air soon. Debbie

Vanessa said...

That vignette is just gorgeous and really just gives a nice "hint" of the changing season. Perfect! And I was so excited to realize that I have everything I would need to make that pasta recipe (except for the saffron)! I'm trying it this weekend! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

Anita said...

Pat that is just gorgeous! I love the black and white plates!! I have an iron drying rack, but I never thought to do that. Beautiful, as always!!

Karen said...

Oh my stars Pat, this sounds FABULOUS!
I love your vignette. I wish I had wall space in my kitchen! It's all cabinets and windows! :(
And I love, love, love Fall!
The hard part is waiting for the cooler weather . . . cause I can't do Fall when summer is still blazing away. It's been 105 here for the past 3 days in a row . . . which is REALLY hot in So Cal. It's supposed to cool down this weekend by 30 degrees. I'll believe that when I see it.
You have a wonderful weekend! I'm off to print your recipe . . . :)

Karen ~ Some days are diamonds

shannon i olson said...

I love pasta, love your vingette, love your books and plates, lovely post! oh....and I LOVE fall!

~~Carol~~ said...

I am SO ready for Fall! And I wanted to thank you for sharing your tips on taking great photos over at Brenda's blog. Your pictures are amazing, and I really need the help!
Happy Weekend!

Nancy's Notes said...

What a charming vignette! Oh my goodness, I love those black and white dishes, they are beautiful! Your kitchen looks warm and inviting! Your pasta recipe sounds divine! Thanks for sharing.


The Garden Bell said...

This truly is one of Brenda's best recommendations in a long time. I, too, love photography and finding that one picture. I'm a new follower for sure here. Off to have a look around and see some more inspiration for me to pick up my camera again today.

Melissa Miller said...

Gorgeous and delicious-o Pat! :)

debbie said...

Hi Pat,

Wow are your photos gorgeous. You must have incredible natural light in your home. I found your blog from Cozy Little House and look forward to looking back through your archives. Your last post about the Ralph Lauren styled table is swoon worthy!

Joy said...

Yum, I will be over for supper soon ;). My Dad used to work for the electric company before he switched over to SW Bell and was
a lineman for many years. He just turned 80 this year! Have a great weekend Pat!

Shelia said...

Hi Dear Pat! Oh, it's bee terribly hot here this summer too and I'm waiting for fall!
I know you're so glad J doesn't have to leave whenever in all kinds of weather to work! Mr. Precious used to travel a lot before he retired and it's also good to have him home. We're having a great time.
Now I love your pretty vignette you've set up. I love your dish rack and I've been looking all over for one. Where did you find that one?
Your pasta looks marvelous and glad you two are feeling well!
Be a sweetie and have a great weekend,
Shelia ;)

buttermilkhill said...

Wow, that pasta recipe looks delicious! I've never heard of saffron threads - were those difficult to find? Thanks for sharing! ~Stephanie

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Gorgeous! Just gorgeous! Where did you find that beautiful dish rack!
The recipe sounds delicious! I will give it a try when I once again get in the mood to cook.
I've gotten terrible about that lately...just terrible!
Fall! Aren't you excited???? :)

Marlis said...

Your vignette is charming. I love the dishes and cookbooks! I too am thinking fall, pumpkins, cooler weather. Can we hurry it up ;-)???
Thanks for the recipe. Can't wait to try this one!

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

BEautiful photography, Pat. I love that black dish rack. I have looked for one everywhere. Where in the world did you get it?

Yankee Doodle said...

Normally I don't ever want to let go of summer, here in Michigan we are often cheated of a beautiful summer season. Not this year, it's been hot, hot, hot. I am now ready to let go of summer and welcome fall in all its glory.

I have the same black dishes and I can't wait to pull them out for fall. I love the way you situated your kitchen with the dish holder and the variety of beautiful dishes. Was the dish holder possibly from Home Goods?

Yankee Doodle said...

Normally I don't ever want to let go of summer, here in Michigan we are often cheated of a beautiful summer season. Not this year, it's been hot, hot, hot. I am now ready to let go of summer and welcome fall in all its glory.

I have the same black dishes and I can't wait to pull them out for fall. I love the way you situated your kitchen with the dish holder and the variety of beautiful dishes. Was the dish holder possibly from Home Goods?