Friday Favourites; Featuring Father’s Day Gift Ideas!

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Ahhh….. Gary Cooper….oh, I mean Ahhh, It’s Friday once again!  and SUCH a beautiful Friday it is here in Santa Barbara.  Our highway is bumper to bumper with the influx of over 40,000 visitors here for UCSB Graduation Weekend but hopefully this weather will stick and the hideous grey gym sock of June Gloom that we have worn since the first of the month has gotten lost in Heaven’s dryer.

We are now little more than a week away from honouring all the  great Dad’s in our lives (next Sunday!) so I thought I would focus this week’s favourites on some gift ideas for that special guy in your life.

Never let it be said that Slim Paley doesn’t have her Butch Days 🙂

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Butch Bakery

Manly Cupcakes for Manly Men!

What a great idea this fellow in NY had- apparently he simply can’t make these fast enough- Don’t you just love when that happens?!

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Did you know that Flip have a brand new video camera out?   Available in loads of fun designs for the man in your life (3  whole pages of them!)

Official Flip Website

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For all my fellow Twainiacs out there, there are TWO new books out about The genius in the white suit. Exciting!!  What was it like to be the most famous man in the entire world almost a hundred years before the invention of the internet? It was complex and intense to say the least.   Both books focus on Twain in his later years, and trust me, they were not spent in quiet dodderage.  Twain led one of the most fascinating lives I have ever read about and even his last years do not disappoint.  Helllooooo Hollywood! Where’s the movie people??! It would be great!  In the meantime, until someone in Tinsel Town takes my call, check out these two books- they both get great reviews.  I’ve already ordered them for my husband 🙂

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While a gift from this Christies London auction would set you back a few bob more than a book, it would be a sure guarantee for a couple of Breakfasts in Bed for the gift-giver afterwards.  That’s if your guy ever comes back  up from the basement again.

We can all dream…

Christie’s Guitar Gods Auction

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But what’s the fastest way to a man’s heart?

Slim Paley Photo

….Lester’s ” This Will Put Hair on Your Chest Spaghetti!”

Carmine’s Marinara Sauce attached
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Italian sausage, Mild
1 Lg. Shallot -cut in half and thinly sliced.
3 cloves garlic minced
10 oz Crimini mushrooms- washed and dried, sliced
10 oz baby spinach- washed and pat dry
Parmesan / Regiano  shredded cheese blend for the top
Pasta suggestions- Linguini, Spaghetti standard or thin. Cook pasta as box indicates.

Follow Carmine’s recipe to a “T”. Never mess with a Great Marinara when you find one!

Un-case the sausage, fry till cooked through and break up the sausage into bite size pieces.
Set the sausage aside once done in a large mixing bowl. Add the spinach on top do not mix yet.
If needed add a table spoon more of olive oil to the sausage fat.
Saute the garlic and shallot till aromatic, about 2 min.
Add the mushrooms and saute about another 4-5 min.
Salt and pepper to taste
Add the Mushroom mixture to the sausage and spinach and mix.

Serve: Pasta first, then Marinara Sauce, then Sausage mixture. Top with grated parmesan and serve with your favorite garlic toast.
Delicious! Enjoy!!

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Blog Recommendation for Blokes;

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Photo from ‘A Continuous Lean’

If I were a male, I would like this blog;

A Continuous Lean

(secretly, I like it anyway)

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Slim Paley photo………………………Taken at Ninfa Gardens, Italy

The Calycanthus Floridus Shrub

If your “Dad” is into gardening…or red wine…or drinking red wine while gardening, he is going to LOVE this plant.  I discovered it for the first time in the Ninfa garden outside of Rome when my friend gleefully pointed it out and instructed me to  bury my nose into one of the flowers. Holy Cabernet! the flowers on this bush have the most intense and heady aroma of wine, you can’t even imagine!  Don’t tell, but I put one small flower in my bag and on the way back to Rome I was sure our driver must have thought we’d been drinking, so strong was the smell.  Ironically, it took a trip all the way to Italy to discover a plant that’s in fact native to Northern California  (embarrassing!!)  If you look Calycanthus up on Wikipedia it says it smells like bubble gum.  Do NOT be fooled.  This is  ‘cork just pulled from a red wine bottle’ or I’m not Slim Paley.

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And what if your “Dad/Husband/Father of your children” prefers white wine and you, in your haste to get dinner on the table, the children bathed and the laundry done,  have forgotten to chill it for him??  No worries…

Ravi instant solution wine cooler This cooler that fits right on to the bottle neck instantly cools the wine, red or white, as it passes thru and into the glass.  Genius!  Well, OK, not earth-shattering, but a cool idea!

Available on Amazon

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And one last book idea;

The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman.  I bought this book (about the inner politics of a fictitious Roman newspaper) for my husband and he enjoyed it very much. The reviews are positively stellar.  I liked it too, although it’s the second book I’ve read lately that reads much more like a collection of short stories than a novel. Does this speak to our ever diminishing attention spans?

What was I just talking about??

Happy Friday One and All and HAPPY GRADUATION WEEKEND- BE SAFE!!!

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15 Comments

  1. hi slim,

    thanks for these tips as i was wondering what to do. the twain books sound like something he would really like.

    i really love thecontinuouslean, no. 2 son is a huge fan and i wish there was a female version.

    i know the recipe says don’t mess with it, but i must. i will try vegan sausage, don’t faint, and i bet it will be fantastic.

    have a lovely saturday & sunday.

    ~janet

  2. What fun it is to read your posts! I am doubly blessed (cursed?) in that my husband’s birthday is usually within a week of Father’s Day! I’m been madly trying to come up with ideas and, thanks to your post, I now have at least one. Thanks for the ideas.

    Have a great weekend!

  3. Wow. I had never seen that picture of Gary Cooper before today. Just Wow. I scrolled back up several times to take a second, third, and fourth look! Thank you for introducing us to Calycanthus Floridus Shrub, can’t wait to look it up and find out more. You are chock full of good ideas and that recipe looks amazing. Thanks again. You have outdone yourself this week with wonderful posts!

  4. Hi Slim,

    I just discovered your blog from you leaving a witty comment on another blog. Your posts are simply delightful, and you certainly know the fastest ways to a man’s heart.

    Cheers,

    Claudia

  5. I own that print of Cooper, in my dressing room, always inspirational like your blog BUT, where is the new Aston Martin Rapide? I mean, if you love your daddy………….

    • Ha! I think the ‘Rapide’ should be Mommy’s car!

      PS. What a fabulous photo to have in your dressing room. I know it would inspire me 🙂

  6. Great post Slim. I totally think Gary Cooper’s looks improved ( if possible ) with maturity. Not that I would not open my door at any age.

    So many new cameras and phones coming on the market every day almost, how can we decide ?
    Will for sure read Mark Twain’s Other Woman. Lucky duck !!!
    Last bit, but certainly not least, I will for sure be making your amazing recipe next week. It looks sooooo delicious.
    Thanks for sharing, and until the next time hope you are enjoying a lazy weekend . xo

  7. oh I love that Flip Video’s can now take snapshots! and I love the looks of that pasta recipe, and I also love the idea of having a chilled glass of white wine right now.

    thanks Slim!

  8. Wow, I didn’t think anyone could beat Cary Grant or Gregory Peck, but that photo of Gary Cooper is amazing!

    I think calycanthus is the same as Carolina allspice? Will have to give it a try now….

  9. Hello Miss Slim Paley!

    Just read your lovely comment over BinB 🙂 I am going to let you in on a little secret…I only put the heels on for the pictures! hehe…

    Thank you so much for reminding me of father’s day! Easy to forget about these very important american holidays over here in France.

    I couldn’t agree with you more about the best way to a man’s heart being food and I chuckled when I read that. My sister cooks an amazing roasted chicken that she swears she can make for any man and he will fall in love with her…haha!

    Off to check out your other recent posts now 🙂

    xoxo Bardot in Blue

  10. Gary Cooper! Sigh! When I first saw him in a movie I stopped dating ‘boys’ and took my time looking for the real thing.

Would love to hear from you!