Mar 262013


Do you love to try new things?  Well I recently was able to try a Tortuga Caribbean Rum Cake and it was so good.  It was nice and moist and very flavorful.  For over 25 years, Tortuga has brought the Cayman Islands, the Caribbean, and the world the finest rum cakes.  Which I do agree with.


This is one of them I tried.  There are a number of flavors the two that I had were the Original Golden with walnuts and also the Banana.  Some of the other flavors are Chocolate, Coconut, Key Lime and Pineapple.

The Tortuga Rum Company, Ltd. was started in 1984 primarily to appeal as a souvenir to the growing tourist and cruise passenger business.  Tortuga Caribbean Rum Cakes and Gourmet Products are now the number 1 export of the Cayman Island and named the 2012 “Best Cruise Souvenir” by Porthole Cruise Magazine for the eighth consecutive year.

I also was able to try some of  Tortuga 100% Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee.  The coffee was rich and flavorful a perfect mate to the Tortuga Caribbean Rum Cake.  They make such a good combination.


Tortuga also carries lots of other products Sauces including a line of very hot sauces Tortuga Hell-Fire Hot Pepper Sauce and Tortuga Sweet Heat Caribbean Pepper, they have Chocolates too including Tortuga Chocolate Rum Turtles with Sea Salt and Tortuga Chocolate Rum Fudge.  As you can see Tortuga has lots of different products and they are available in gift and special food departments and gourmet stores throughout the Caribbean and North American as well as in onboard gift shops of over 100 cruise ships and of course on line HERE.  Now you can have a taste of the Caribbean when ever you want!

Tortuga has offered one of my readers a chance to win your own “Taste of the Caribbean” by giving away a 33 oz Tortuga Original Caribbean Rum Cake.  In order to win you must be 18 + and have a US shipping address you must also like Tortuga on Facebook.  For extra entries please leave a comment on who you share your Rum Cake with and for each way you follow Kaisy Daisy’s Corner.  Giveaway ends Apr 9, 2013.

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Disclaimer: Kay Swederski reviewed this products. I did not receive any money for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and they may differ from yours.

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Mar 262013




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Saving Grace

About the Book:


If you’re at all inclined to be swept away to the islands to fall in love with a rainforest jumbie house and a Texas attorney who is as much a danger to herself as the island bad guys, then dive headfirst with Katie Connell into Saving Grace.

Katie escapes professional humiliation, a broken heart, and her Bloody Mary-habit when she runs to the island of St. Marcos to investigate the suspicious deaths of her parents. But she trades one set of problems for another when she is bewitched by the voodoo spirit Annalise in an abandoned rainforest house and, as worlds collide, finds herself reluctantly donning her lawyer clothes again to defend her new friend Ava, who is accused of stabbing her very married Senator-boyfriend.



Book Excerpt:

Last year sucked, and this one was already worse.

Last year, when my parents died in an “accident” on their Caribbean vacation, I’d been working too hard to listen to my instincts, which were screaming “bullshit” so loud I almost went deaf in my third ear. I was preparing for the biggest case of my career, so I sort of had an excuse that worked for me as long as I showed up for happy hour, but the truth was, I was obsessed with the private investigator assigned to my case.

Nick. Almost-divorced Nick. My new co-worker Nick who sometimes sent out vibes that he wanted to rip my Ann Taylor blouse off with his teeth, when he wasn’t busy ignoring me.

But things had changed.

I’d just gotten the verdict back in my mega-trial, the Burnside wrongful termination case. My firm rarely took plaintiff cases, so I’d taken a big risk with this one—and won Mr. Burnside three million dollars, of which the firm got a third. That was the total opposite of suck.

After my coup at the Dallas courthouse, my paralegal Emily and I headed straight down I-20 to the hotel where our firm was on retreat in Shreveport, Louisiana. Shreveport is not on the top ten list for most company getaways, but our senior partner fancied himself a poker player, and loved Cajun food, jazz, and riverboat casinos. The retreat was a great excuse for Gino to indulge in a little Texas Hold ’Em between teambuilding and sensitivity sessions and still come off looking like a helluva guy, but it meant a three and a half hour drive each way. This wasn’t a problem for Emily and me. We bridged both the paralegal-to-attorney gap and the co-worker-to-friend gap with ease, largely because neither of us did Dallas-fancy very well. Or at all.

Emily and I hustled inside for check-in at the Eldorado.

“Do you want a map of the ghost tours?” the front desk clerk asked us, her polyglot Texan-Cajun-Southern accent making tours sound like “turs.”

“Why, thank you kindly, but no thanks,” Emily drawled. In the ten years since she’d left, she still hadn’t shaken Amarillo from her voice or given up barrel-racing horses.

I didn’t believe in hocus pocus, either, but I wasn’t a fan of casinos, which reeked of cigarette smoke and desperation. “Do y’all have karaoke or anything else but casinos onsite?”

“Yes, ma’am, we have a rooftop bar with karaoke, pool tables, and that kind of thing.” The girl swiped at her bangs, then swung her head to put them back in the same place they’d been.

“That sounds more like it,” I said to Emily.

“Karaoke,” she said. “Again.” She rolled her eyes. “Only if we can do tradesies halfway. I want to play blackjack.”

After we deposited our bags in our rooms and freshened up, talking to each other on our cell phones the whole time we were apart, we joined our group. All of our co-workers broke into applause as we entered the conference room. News of our victory had preceded us. We curtsied, and I used both arms to do a Vanna White toward Emily. She returned the favor.

“Where’s Nick?” I called out. “Come on up here.”

Nick had left the courtroom when the jury went out to deliberate, so he’d beaten us here. He stood up from a table on the far side of the room, but didn’t join us in front. I gave him a long distance Vanna White anyway.

The applause died down and some of my partners motioned for me to sit with them at a table near the entrance. I joined them and we all got to work writing a mission statement for the firm for the next fifteen minutes. Emily and I had arrived just in time for the first day’s sessions to end.

When we broke, the group stampeded from the hotel to the docked barge that housed the casino. In Louisiana, gambling is only legal “on the water” or on tribal land. On impulse, I walked to the elevator instead of the casino. Just before the doors closed, a hand jammed between them and they bounced apart, and I found myself headed up to the hotel rooms with none other than Nick Kovacs.

“So, Helen, you’re not a gambler either,” he said as the elevator doors closed.

My stomach flipped. Cheesy, yes, but when he was in a good mood, Nick called me Helen—as in Helen of Troy.

I had promised to meet Emily for early blackjack before late karaoke, but he didn’t need to know that. “I have the luck of the Irish,” I said. “Gambling is dangerous for me.”

He responded with dead silence. Each of us looked up, down, sideways, and anywhere but at each other, which was hard, since the elevator was mirrored above a gold handrail and wood paneling. There was a wee bit of tension in the air.

“I heard there’s a pool table at the hotel bar, though, and I’d be up for that,” I offered, throwing myself headlong into the void and holding my breath on the way down.

Dead silence again. Long, dead silence. The ground was going to hurt when I hit it.

Without making eye contact, Nick said, “OK, I’ll meet you there in a few minutes.”

Did he really say he’d meet me there? Just the two of us? Out together? Oh my God, Katie, what have you done?

Pamela Fagan Hutchins

About the Author:

Pamela Fagan Hutchins writes award-winning mysterious women’s fiction and relationship humor books, and holds nothing back.  She is known for “having it all” which really means she has a little too much of everything, but loves it: writer, mediocre endurance athlete (triathlon, marathons), wife, mom of an ADHD & Asperger’s son, five kids/step-kids, business owner, recovering employment attorney and human resources executive, investigator, consultant, and musician.  Pamela lives with her husband Eric and two high school-aged kids, plus 200 pounds of pets in Houston. Their hearts are still in St. Croix, USVI, along with those of their three oldest offspring.

Her latest book is the mystery/women’s fiction, Saving Grace.


 My Review:

This was a good book.  It really kept me interested right to the end.

Katie was having a bad year and decided a change would be good.  Her parents had died while they were on vacation and Katie wanted to find out what really happened.  She thought that would be a good break from being a lawyer.  While there she tries to help a friend who was accused of stabbing her boyfriend.  There are lots of twist and turns that will keep you turning the pages.  I am sure you will enjoy this book.



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Mar 252013

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I drive a pretty long way to work each day – some days spending over an hour in my car each way. So I enjoy listening to Audio Books.  I was recently given the opportunity to listen to some Stories from the Golden Age. These Audio tapes are about 2 hours long and Galaxy Press has over 150 audiobook stories in their collection by L. Ron Hubbard.

The nice thing about these audiobooks is that there is a lot of action in them and you can hear the different characters – with lots of sound effects.  There is also a wide variety of  book types including scifi, fantasy, western, mystery, adventure and more.


The first story I listened to was Sea Fangs ~This was a story with both a hero and heroine who fall in love.  Sailor Bob Sherman was trying to save a yacht from being capsized in a hurricane.  The owners daughter Phyllis was on the ship and believed in Bob.  The yacht was saved only to be taken over by some pirates and all were taken captive.  How do they get out?  You will need to listen to this interesting Audiobook to find out.

I also listened to 2 other Audiobooks Tomb of the Ten Thousand Dead – here an ancient map is found  in an old pottery jar – and troubles brews from then on.  You will want to find out what happens in this suspense filled Audiobook.

The third one I listen to is The Iron Duke another far flung adventure – worth listening to.

Listening to these books bring you back to a time when listening to stories on the radio was an every day occurrence.

I am sure you will find one or two stories that you will enjoy.  You can purchase these Audiobooks online HERE.








Mar 252013


When I do dishes by hand I do not like to put my glasses in the dish drying rack and normally would throw a towel on the counter and put my glasses on that. I now use the Original Dish Drying Mat.  It is great!  The unique Laminated design combines a thin layer of foam between two layers of high-quality, super- absorbent microfiber.  It comes in two sizes 16″X18″ and a extra large one in 18″ X 24″.


It folds so it is easy to store, it protects the counter from scratches, it is very absorbent and cushions my dishes and stemware.  It is also easy to care for.  You should allow The Original Dish Drying Mat to dry between uses. It is also machine washable and very durable.  It comes in a variety of colors cream, green, gray, and red.   I use mine almost ever time I do dishes by hand.  I have washed it a number of times and it still looks like new.  I think it is a great addition to any kitchen.

You can find the Original Dish Drying Mat exclusively at Bed Bath & Beyond.

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Mar 252013


Was I the only one who got caught up in the NCAA Tournament?  I am sure not.  I was very excited for the Big Dance to start – I had two teams from Wisconsin in it and also the Ducks from Oregon!!  When watching the games we wanted a snack and I found Koch Food Cravers had some great product to offer for snacking.  Originally I had thought maybe I would get some chicken wings – but they are messy and not everyone likes spicy wings.   I found some Snack Cravers – Boneless Chicken Chunks with 2 flavors.  The one I used was Spicy Buffalo sauce and a Ranch sauce to use for dipping.



Don’t these look good?  The Boneless Chicken Chunks were so nice and big.  You can either deep fry them or back in the oven – which is what I did.  The coating was nice and crispy.  I served the sauce on the side so everyone could choose what they liked best.  Everyone loved the Snack Cravers!!  I also notice another flavor of the Snack Cravers with two different dipping sauces that I am trying next!


Another snack I served this weekend was also from Koch Foods snack were the Original Chicken Fries!  These were really good – and easy to eat.  I served them with everyone favorite dipping sauce too.  Again they can either be deep fried or baked.  I baked them also – easy to make easy to clean up.









I can’t wait to try some more products from Carvers – they have a good variety of snacks and also some great stuffed chicken breast for dinner.  If you are looking for something easy and good to eat look to Cravers.

Lets hope both the Oregon Ducks and the  Marquette Golden Eagles continue winning and we can see Buzz Williams do another dance!!  Good luck to all the teams in the Sweet Sixteen!

You can find Koch Cravers locally at most Walmarts, Festival Foods, and Woodman’s.   I think they are great value a great way to feed a hungry basketball fans.



Disclaimer: Kay Swederski reviewed this products. I did not receive any money for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and they may differ from yours.



Mar 222013

This was another good week for me on Nutrisystem,  no weight loss but I didn’t gain any either.  Which I am glad.  I had gone to the coast with Rex for two days and was really worried about gaining weight as I knew I would not eat entirely on the program.  The first night we were in Lincoln City we went to a buffet.  The good thing ~ it had lots of seafood. I had fresh crab, clams and mussels.  I made some really good choices.  Saturday night we went to Mo’s known for their seafood ~ Rex and I split a dinner with him eating most of it.  We also did lots of walking along the beach and through town so it was a great weekend!  Once we returned I made sure I stayed on my plan.  Again I had some great food.



One morning I had a Cinnamon Streusel Muffin and I heated a few seconds in the microwave and it was yummy!  I also had waffles which I put my yogurt and fresh berries on.

I also had a Chicken Quesadilla for lunch one day – I added some lettuce and onions to it and it was so good and filling.  I also had a salad on the side. This week for lunch I also had a chicken taco and some chicken noodle soup.


Dinners have been great too – last night I had Ravioli in Meat Sauce and some mushrooms I roasted in the oven. I have also had pizza and Chicken Alfredo this week.  The meals have all been very easy to prepare and very good. I don’t think I have talked much about the snack I get each day.  Those range from Nacho Cheese Tortilla Chips to Red Velvet Whoopie Pie.  Who thought you could have Red Velvet anything on a weight lose program? I am so glad there is so much variety in the Nutrisystem food it sure helps me stay on track.

I am finding figuring out what to eat with my meals is easier and easier as the time goes on. I am learning to really enjoy the salad and the vegetables I eat each day.  There are so many ways to prepare them that are healthy and not loaded with sauces or butter.  Next week I will share a couple of my recipes with you.

I am hoping for another good week and maybe a bit of nice weather to go walking in!


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Mar 212013

The last time I went and had a pedicure while getting into my car I smudged my little toe!! Has this ever happened to you? Well I found a great product that help prevent smudging It is called Pedi Protexx.  They are the perfect pedicure protection. Pedi Protexx surround your foot with a protective shell large enough to prevent damage to the wet polish even if you bump against something.  The device stays in place due to the patented design.  It grips the thong of the flip flop.






Pedi Protexx are so easy to use.

1. Put on your flip flop type sandle

2. Have your toes polished

3. slip on the Pedi Protexx between your foot and sandal before you get out of the chair

4. Your foot holds it in place

5. Walk or drive home

Your pedicure is protected. There are openings to allow for air circulation under the dryer or to air dry. You will not have to wait for your polish to dry and you don’t have to walk barefoot out to your car ruining the perfect pedicure you just spent $25 -$40 on.  I think you will love the new Pedi Protexx.  You can purchase your own right here.



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Mar 212013

hs-logo-white-newI received a Healthy Surprise box in the mail the other day.  You are probably wonder what is a Healthy Surprise – well it is this box filled with all kinds of full size snacks!  Healthy snacks that are made with all natural ingredients.  There are no chemicals or funny sounding ingredients.  The snacks are also vegan which means no anmimals were harmed and no dairy, they are also gluten and soy free.


Here is what my box looked like.  It has some great things in it.  Listed below are a some of the items.

1. Brothers-All-Natural Crisps – in Asian Pear.

2. Olomomo Nut Co – Cherry Vanilla Dream Almonds – these were great!

3. Myrna’s Skinny Crisps – Low Carb and Gluten Free – Cinnamon Crisps.

4. Peter Rabbit Organics – Organic Strawberry and Banana pure fruit snack.

5. Live Smart Bar Flax Bar 100% Natural antioxidants in the Original flavor.

6. O.N.E Coconut water – it was funny that it was in the box because I had just mentioned I wanted to try coconut water.  It was good.

7. Fearless Organic – Midnight  Simply Deep & Dark chocolate bar.

8. Alive Radiant Foods – Kale Krunch in Cheezy Chipotle flavor – it wasn’t too bad.

There were a few more items – The Healthy Surprise had a lot of variety and let me try different products that I normally wouldn’t buy.  You can purchase Healthy Surprise in 3 sizes the starter box at $33 a month, the Healthy box for $66 a month or the large box for $99 a month.  You can order yours Here.


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Mar 212013

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Author: Allie Larkin


Release date: February 26, 2013

Publisher: Plume

Age Group: Adult

Genre: Women’s Contemporary Fiction

Book Description:

WHY CAN’T I BE YOU takes its name from a 1987 hit song from English rock band The Cure.  All her life, Jenny Shaw toed the line, striving to be the perfect colleague, girlfriend, and daughter – a path that has led her to an unhappy (though successful) career, a failed relationship, and all-but-severed family ties.  On her way to the airport for her first business trip, she is unceremoniously dumped by the man she thought she would one day marry.  In her haze of shock and confusion, she responds to the wrong name when Myra Aberly, organizer of Seattle ’s Mt. Si class of 1999’s thirteenth high-school reunion, shouts “Jessie!” across the hotel lobby.

In an instant, Jenny Shaw becomes Jessie Morgan, a woman to whom she bears an uncanny resemblance. She is immediately embraced by Jessie’s warm circle of friends – and gains a possible love interest.  But when Jenny becomes more and more curious about Jessie’s history, she uncovers a trail of secrets, pain and deceit that inspires her to uncover the truth that will heal her own painful past.

Author photo--credit Jeremy Larkin

About the Author

Allie Larkin is the internationally bestselling author of the novel Stay, and the upcoming novel Why Can’t I Be You (2013).  She lives with her husband, Jeremy, their two German Shepherds, Argo and Stella, and a three-legged cat.

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My Review:

I loved Why Can’t I Be You.  Jenny Shaw is getting ready to go on her first business trip and her boyfriend is taking her to the airport.  She thinks he is acting a bit nervous and she is thinking he is going to propose to her ~ instead he says its not working out and there is someone else.  Poor Jenny.  Once arrives at her hotel she is a mess – no makeup and a stained blouse.  When going through the lobby she is mistaken for someone else and can not bring herself to telling this girl she is not Jessie and not here for the class reunion.  She pretends to be Jessie.  She likes having these friends as she didn’t have any when going to school herself.  Jessie was outgoing and Jenny was not.  It was fun being part of a group.  Jenny wonders what happened that Jessie ran away from all of her friends so she does some investigating.  You will need to read Why Can’t I Be You and see what happens. You will love the story!!


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Mar 202013


I found a great gift for Birthdays, Baptisms, Confirmations, for pastor appreciation; actually it is a great gift for anytime.  It is your  Bible VerseBible Verse are beautiful personalized, custom printed certificates that create your full name, the name of a friend, or a loved one in Bible scripture.

Each letter of your first and last names begins an inspirational Bible verse. Or you can use two first names as a wedding or anniversary gift or any phrase up to 20 letters and spaces.  Each letter has an inspirational Bible verse.

I had one personalized for my boyfriend Rex.  It was really easy to do.  I went to the website and picked out one of many backgrounds.  They have 20 different of styles for the background including ones with flowers, sunrises, holiday, music, religious, birthday and even for a baby.  The Certificate also comes in English or Spanish. Once I picked the one I wanted I filled in the questions and was sent the certificate in a few short days.  Then once I received the certificate I bought a frame – which I got at Target but you can get them at many stores like Walmart or Micheal’s. It’s a bit hard to see but here is the Bible Verse Certificate that I had made for Rex.


What I really like is that each Bible Verse Certificate is unique and special.  It is something that will be treasured for a lifetime.  You can order visit Bible Verse Certificate  at to see all the available styles and order yours today.

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