Mar 262014
 

IMG_2207I like when I find something new to try.  I recently received these Snack Crisps from Primizie.  They are a unique crisp made out of bread dough. They are Chef-created, handmade artisanal crispbread snacks that enhance and stand up to any dip or topping. They come in 4 unique flavors.

  • Italian Snack Crispbread/chip – has red chiles and a secret blend of herbs, spices and seasonings. It is perfect to serve with cheese, antipastos and dips.
  • Cheese Snack Crispbread/chip – this one has smoked dutch Gouda & garlic. I loved these!  They have a one-of-a-kind flavor and are perfect with  dip, spreads or cheese.
  • Chile Snack Crispbread/chip – uses a rare chile pepper from northern New Mexico.  The flavor is sweet, rich and spicy but does not have the heat. These are great with guacamole, queso and salsa.
  • Simply Salted Crispbread/chip -Sel Gris – French Velvet Grey Sea Salt. It’s a light, delicate, almost buttery salt that complements any dip, spread or cheese – or they’re perfect all by themselves. I liked these with sliced cheese and apple. Yum!

I really enjoyed all of the flavors but the Cheese ones with the smoked Gouda & garlic are my favorite. The combination of the two flavors work well together and they taste great with dips and cheese.  All of the chips are thick, crunchy and leave you wanting more. If you “Crave the Crisp” you can get your own Primizie Handmade Snack Crisp you can find them nationwide at stores like Safeway, Kroger and Jewel.  You can also follow Primizie on Facebook.

Primizie would like to give one of my lucky readers a chance to win a mixed case (12 bags of chips) + a t-shirt. You must be 18+ US (48). Leave a comment on what kind of dip you like to use when your snacking? Extra entry for following Primizie on Facebook.  Extra entry for each way you follow Kaisy Daisy’s Corner. Giveaway ends Apr 9, 2014. Enter daily for more chances to win.

Please fill out the form HERE to enter.

Kaisy1

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

Mar 252014
 

 

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I love this time of year not only because of the spring weather, flowers and warmer temperatures, but I love March Madness!  Did you fill out your bracket? Any of your teams still in the hunt?  Mine is ~ Go Badgers!  I am so excited about the Wisconsin Badger making it to the Sweet Sixteen round.

My favorite way to Catch It All is on my laptop ~ that way I can stay up on the game and scores while I am at work.  I like to keep the streaming game on one screen and toggle back and forth.  I can also fill in the bracket as the games finish.

I love my laptop because I can bring it anywhere I go.  If you are looking for a new laptop here are a couple of important questions to ask yourself.

1. How will you use your laptop? Is it just for surfing the Web and paying bills or will you be using it for graphics and photo editing.

2. How important is portability to you?  What size Screen  or built-in storage devices do you need? I found when shopping at Best Buy for my new laptop that many new laptops don’t have  CD/DVD or Blue-ray drives.  That was something I could live without but my boyfriend thought it was important.

3. Does your laptop look and feel right? At Best Buy they have the laptops on display so you can see if the keyboard works for you and how sturdy it is.  If it looks like you want it too. For me – the 10-key for data entry was important as I work a lot with numbers.

4. Are you wanting even greater versatility?  Have you seen the convertible or hybrid laptops? They have both the power and functionality of a touch-screen laptop (including the ability to run standard computer programs) with the added convenience and portability of a tablet.

I recently bought a new laptop from Best Buy and found these questions helpful in making my decision. I also was glad there were associates there to answer my question and ask me questions to help me pick the perfect laptop. The next time you are looking for a new laptop make sure your first stop is at Best Buy.

Best Buy helps keep you connected to the excitement with the devices and connectivity that make it possible: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/global-promotions/multi-screen-entertainment/pcmcat325900050014.c?id=pcmcat325900050014&type=category&autoplay=true&id=pcmcat325900050014 Brought to life by the brand promise of the latest devices and services, all in one place.

No matter how far the Wisconsin Badger go in the tournament I will be able to Catch It All!

Kaisy1The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

Mar 252014
 

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A Cover for A Death in the FamilyA Death in the Family

By Marlene Bateman Sullivan

Synopsis of A Death in the Family

Meet Erica Coleman—a gifted and quirky private investigator with an OCD-like passion for neatness and symmetry, a penchant for cooking, (ten terrific recipes are included), and a weakness for chocolate.

In A Death in the Family, the second in the Erica Coleman series, private eye Erica Coleman and her family happily anticipate Grandma Blanche’s eighty-first birthday celebration in the picturesque town of Florence, Oregon. But when the feisty matriarch, a savvy businesswoman, suspects wrongdoing and asks Erica to investigate her company, things get sticky.

Before the investigation can even begin, Blanche’s unexpected death leaves Erica with more questions than answers—and it is soon clear Grandma’s passing was anything but natural: she was murdered. When another relative becomes the next victim of someone with a taste for homicide, Erica uses her flair for cooking to butter up local law enforcement and gather clues.

Erica’s OCD either helps or hinders her—depending on who you talk to—but it’s those same obsessive and compulsive traits than enable Erica to see clues that others miss. When she narrowly escapes becoming the third victim, Erica is more determined than ever to solve the case.

Excerpt from A Death in the Family

“It’s hard to believe she’s gone,” Kristen said dolefully. “When I moved here, I thought I’d have years with Grandma. She was always so active—I thought she’d keep going for years.”

“And all the time, her heart was getting weaker,” Trent said glumly.

Walter commented, “The last time I saw her, Blanche said the doctor told her she had the constitution of a mule.”

There were a few smiles at this, but Martha’s brow furrowed in confusion. “But Mom’s death didn’t have anything to do with how healthy she was.”

“What are you talking about?” Trent’s impatient voice billowed out and filled the small room.

Martha squirmed but fluttered on, “Well, after what Mom said when she came to visit me, you know—about how something wrong was going on in the company—I worried that something might happen.”

Her response reverberated around the room. Everyone went very still—as if they were holding their breath.

Martha’s eyes went from one to another. “I didn’t mean—oh, I shouldn’t have said anything,” she stammered. Her voice was pure distress. “It’s just that . . . well, we’re all family here, so it’s okay, isn’t it? I mean, no one else knows.”

“No one else knows what?” Trent said brusquely.

Visibly flustered, Martha’s hands twisted in her lap. “And . . . and Mother was very old and—and the police haven’t even come, have they?”

Erica wondered what Martha could be getting at. Everyone darted quizzical looks at each other, trying to make sense out of Martha’s confused chirruping.

After meeting blank looks all around, Martha blurted, “I mean, that’s good . . . isn’t it? For the family?”

The room remained deadly silent as Martha’s cheeks flamed red.

There was a rumble as Walter cleared his throat. “Why would the police come?”

“Why, to arrest someone.” Martha sounded surprised—as if he had asked something that was completely and absolutely self-evident. She stared at Walter, as if he and he alone could straighten everything out. “Isn’t that why they’re doing an autopsy? I mean, don’t they always do an autopsy when someone has been murdered?”

A picture of Marlene BatemanAuthor Biography

Marlene Bateman Sullivan was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She is married to Kelly R. Sullivan and they are the parents of seven children.

Her hobbies are gardening, camping, and reading.  Marlene has been published extensively in magazines and newspapers and has written a number of non-fiction books, including:  Latter-day Saint Heroes and Heroines, And There Were Angels Among Them, Visit’s From Beyond the Veil, By the Ministering of Angels, Brigham’s Boys, and Heroes of Faith.  Her latest book is Gaze Into Heaven; Near Death Experiences in Early Church History, a fascinating collection of over 50 documented near-death experiences from the lives of early latter-day Saints.

Marlene’s first novel was the best-selling Light on Fire Island. Her next novel was Motive for Murder, which is the first in a mystery series that features the quirky private eye with OCD, Erica Coleman.

Interview Questions

Do you just sit down and write, waiting to see what happens next? Or do you outline first?
I’m definitely an outliner.  With mysteries, I couldn’t possibly write without having a good foundation in place.  It usually takes me about two months to complete my plotting outline, during which I have most of the scenes in place. Then I begin expanding them and filling in the holes.

What’s your secret to making the character’s in your books come to life?

I write down everything I possibly can about each character and keep it in a file so I REALLY know the character.  I don’t use most of the information in the book, but it helps me create a real character—lets me get into his or her ‘skin’ and know their past, present and their hopes and dreams for the future.  As I write, I try to imagine myself as that character and imagine how he or she would respond to each situation they faced.

How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?

I get my names from two sources. First, I look online. I found a great website that lists names according to year. This way, if I have an older character, I can type in their birth year and have a long list of names from that era to pick from.  Second, I save names from the sports pages of my local newspaper when they list all-star football and basketball teams.  I clip out the entire page and file it away for when I need some current popular names. Each page has dozens of cool names.

As for the place names in my books, they are all 100% accurate. For A Death in the Family, my husband and I drove to Oregon, rented a car and drove all over Florence and Lake Oswego. When I describe the Sea Lion Caves and how the gift shop and caves are laid out, it’s all accurate, as is the descriptions of the beach, Heceta Head lighthouse, the  historic Siuslaw Bridge, Charl’s Restaurant, etc. Everything, including the church house and stores in historic Florence are as described. I take great pride in going to each and every setting I write about, taking tons of pictures and notes, so that everything is accurate.

What else have you written?

My first non-fiction book was Latter-day Saint Heroes and Heroines,  which is a compilation of true stories about people in early Church history who risked their life in defense of the gospel.

My next three books are also compilations of true stories in early Church History, and are about angelic experiences.  The first book is, And There Were Angels Among Them. The second book is, Visits From Beyond the Veil, and the third is; By the Ministering of Angels.  Researching and writing these books made me realize how much Heavenly Father loves his children and that He is aware of us and our lives.

I then wrote Brigham’s Boys, which tells the life stories of sixteen men who worked closely with Brigham Young as he brought the Saints across the plains and colonized the Great Basin area.

I had two non-fiction books come out last year. Heroes of Faith is a collection of true stories about people who stood firm in the faith despite mobs, bullets and overwhelming trials.  Gaze into Heaven, Near Death Experiences in Early Church History, is a collection of true, carefully documented near death experience, which occurred to people in the early days of the church.

My first novel, Light on Fire Island, a romance/mystery came next. My second novel was Motive for Murder, which is the first in the Erica Coleman series.

My Review:

I really enjoyed A Death in the Family. I love cozy mystery.   Blanche is the matriarch of the family at 81 she is still running the family business at  Sun Coast Sales and Rentals.  The family is gathered around  for her up coming Birthday celebration. Blanche does mention to Erica there is something going on in the business and she needs Erica to do some investigating.  Erica tries to get Blanche to tell her what has her worried and why there needs to be an investigation, but Blanche said it could wait.

The next morning Blanche is found dead in her bed. Everyone is shocked, Blanche seemed as healthy as a mule.  When the idea of an autopsy came up – not everyone agreed it should be done after all she was old. They finally agreed.  Then Martha blurted out that she was surprised that the police weren’t there – and that is what happens when someone is murdered.  Martha said the last time Blanche visited she mentioned some problems and was not surprised to hear that she died and seemed to think that murder was not out of the question. Erica needed to talk to Martha and find out what Blanche said.  Erica started to do some investigating to find out what had happened to Blanche and maybe uncovered a bit to much~ she may be the next victim.

I don’t want to spoil the book for you – but I will tell you I couldn’t wait to find out who the murderer was and once I started reading I couldn’t put it down.  The good thing was it was a fast read and very interesting throughout the book.  I can’t wait to the next book!

Kaisy1

I received a Copy of this book from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for the review, and the review is honest and my responsibility.

 

 

 

Mar 242014
 

ezCups_logoDo you have a One-cup coffee maker like a Keurig? That is what we have at home and I find buy those little K-cups can get expensive. Also my favorite coffee isn’t available in a K-cup.  So when I had the chance to try Perfect Pod Ez-Cup I was very excited. IMG_1696

The Ez- cup is a reusable pod and you use filters with it.  Filters do the most thorough job in removing particulates and thus effectively traps bitter sediments for a smoother richer cup of coffee. Here are the things I love about the Perfect Pod Ez-Cup:

  • Use your own coffee in Single Cup Coffee Brewing Machines
  • Extract a better, richer cup of coffee using our Self Tamping Spring
  • It’s EZ to clean up
  • ECO Friendly Biodegrable filters
  • No coffee ground in your freshly made coffee
  • Save up to 80% on Prefilled Coffee Capsules

We use the Perfect Pod Ez-Cup all the time. It is so easy to use. Put the filter in the Ez-cup and wrap the edges around the Ez-Cup.  Fill with your favorite fresh coffee grounds. Close the filter lid and Ez-Cup lid ~ make sure it is tightly closed. Insert into your single cup coffee machine and start brewing. Then enjoy!  I find that my coffee taste better.  I just throw away the filter rinse out the Ez-Cup and I am ready for the next cup of coffee or tea.

You can find Perfect Pod Ez-Cup HERE online or at local retailers like Walmart and Bed Bath and Beyond.  You can stay connected on Facebook.

Perfect Pod Ez-Cup has given me an extra set to give to one of my lucky readers. You must be 18+ US (48). Leave a comment on what coffee or tea you drink at home. Extra entry for following Perfect Pod Ez-Cup on Facebook. Extra entry for each way you follow Kaisy Daisy’s Corner. Giveaway ends Apr 7, 2014. Enter daily for more chance to win.

Please fill out the form HERE.

Kaisy1

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

 

 

Mar 242014
 

Win a Kindle HDX!
Quilts of Love Linda S Clair A Sky Without Stars
Don’t miss this month’s Quilts of Love book, A Star Without Stars, by Linda S. Clare. Linda is celebrating the release with a Kindle HDX giveaway and joining her fellow Quilts of Love authors, Barbara Cameron and Joyce Magnin, for a Facebook “Spring Fling” party on April 1st.

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One winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • Scraps of Evidence by Barbara Cameron
  • A Sky Without Stars by Linda S. Clare
  • Maybelle in Stitches by Joyce Magnin

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 1st. Winner will be announced at the “Spring Fling” Facebook Party on April 1st. RSVP today and connect with the authors from the Quilts of Love series, Barbara Cameron, Linda S. Clare, and Joyce Magnin, for an evening of book chat, quilt trivia, prizes, and an exclusive look at the next Quilts of Love book!

A Sky Without StarsA Quilts of Love Book

In 1951, Frankie Chasing Bear is a Lakota caught between cultures. She wants to raise her son Harold to revere his Lakota heritage, but she knows he will need to become as a white man to succeed. After his father’s killed in a barroom brawl, Harold and Frankie move to Arizona, where she begins a Lakota Star pattern quilt for Harold with tribal wisdom sung, sewn and prayed into it.

She distrusts Christians, as her own parents were forced to convert at an Indian School, until she meets BIA agent Nick Vandergriff, a half-Lakota who’s also caught between cultures. Nick must convince Frankie that white men and Christians aren’t all bad as he tries to win her heart in order to put the stars back into her sky.

My Review:

I really like this series ~ the books are written by different authors but so far they are very good and I love the idea and story of the quilts woven into them. Frankie moves to Arizona after her husband is killed in a bar fight. She wants her son to grow up knowing his heritage but also as a white man.  Frankie finds it hard to trust anyone until she mets Nick Vandergriff.  At first she has a hard time letting Nick in her heart.  She doesn’t know if what to do. This story is both sad and heart warming. You will want to read A Sky Without Starts to see how Nick wins Frankie’s heart and how it changes her outlook on people. I can’t wait till the next book.

 

 
So grab your copies of Scraps of EvidenceA Sky Without Stars, and Maybelle in Stitches and join Barbara, Linda, and Joyce on the evening of April 1st for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the books, don’t let that stop you from coming!)


Don’t miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by clicking JOIN at the event page. Spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway and party via FACEBOOK or TWITTER. Hope to see you on April 1st!

Mar 232014
 

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Sponsored By: Lynne’s Designs, Crystal Threads, Sew Stop Whining Kids, Country Stitching, Crafting4Caleb and “Senn”sational Creations

Hosted By: Life of a Southern Mom , Tales From a Southern Mom andSweet Southern Lovin

Co Hosted By: Kaisy Daisy’s Corner

Easter is just a few short weeks away. What better way to get this Easter holiday started early than with some amazing prizes? We have teamed up with a great group of sponsors and bloggers to share this giveaway with all of our readers. There will be 4 prize packages that we’ll be giving away right here on our site. Check out the packages below and let us know which one is your favorite.

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Mar 232014
 

 

71upWcqybNL._SL1500_To me there is nothing better than a weekend breakfast.  I love to make all kinds of things for breakfast, french toast, bacon, sausage, eggs, omelets and hash browns.  Each weekend you can find either Rex or I in the kitchen making a great breakfast. The one problem was we didn’t have enough frying pans or I should say we didn’t have nice frying pans.  I was so excited to try the Green Earth Frying Pan 3-Piece Set from Ozeri. It came with a 8″, 10″ and 12″ pan with Textured Ceramic Non-Stick Coating from Germany.  The Ozeri Green Earth Pan utilizes GREBLON – an ultra-safe ceramic coating from Germany which is 100% PTFE and PFOA free.

713ugXuF75L._SL1500_The bottom of the pans are textured which helps your food not stick. It also helps so the heat is distributed evenly and every thing cooks at the same time. It has a scratch-resistant 100 percent ceramic coating, which makes clean up a breeze. Each pan boasts a comfortable heat resistant silicon coated handle and a magnetized induction stove safe base for rapid heat transfer.

We use these pans all the time – When they came they also had a few felt pads so you can store the pans without worry of scratching them.

I think these are one of my most used items in the kitchen – we have been using them for awhile and they still look brand new. I love the variety of sizes and how easy they are to clean and store. If you would like to purchase your own set of  Green Earth Frying Pan from Ozeri you can do so HERE on Amazon.com. You will love them as much as I do!

Kaisy1

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

 

 

 

 

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