Sunday, September 3, 2017

Welcome guest author Liz Mugavero + book #giveaway

Liz Mugavero is the author of the Agatha-nominated Pawsitively Organic Gourmet Pet Food Mysteries: Kneading to Die, A Biscuit, A Casket, The Icing on the Corpse, Murder Most Finicky, and Custom Baked Murder. As you can imagine, her canine and feline rescues demand the best organic food and treats around. She serves on the Sisters in Crime New England board and is a member of Sisters in Crime National, Mystery Writers of America, and the Cat Writers’ Association. She currently lives in Connecticut.

FYI - there's a giveaway at the end! Don't miss it!

Take it away, Liz! 

It’s so nice to be back in the Kitchen! Big thanks to Daryl for inviting me. It’s a lovely way to end the summer season.

So, it’s nearly fall again. Which means the holidays are right around the corner.  Scary, right?

But I’m kind of excited this year. I’m celebrating the upcoming release later this month of Purring Around the Christmas Tree, and I think it’ll get me in the holiday spirit early. This is my first Christmas book in the series, and it was a ton of fun to write. And it’s always fun to think about all the holiday food for both people and furries. Which—aside from all the yummy chocolate—can share a lot of the same ingredients.

Like, pumpkin everything. Pumpkin pandemonium starts in the fall, and continues through Christmas, which is awesome. Who doesn’t love pumpkin everything? And pumpkin is a staple in doggie treats too. They love it, and it’s really good for them.

And then there’s apple. Fresh apple pie from the oven or apple crisp for the humans. Can’t you just smell it? And for the dogs, apple cinnamon drop cookies.
Apples are as good for furry friends as they are for people, which might not be surprising. But you may not know that cinnamon can do a world of good for them too. It has anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe a lot of problems, and can also help pre-diabetic pups by regulating blood sugar.

So these cookies can be done in two different ways - as plain cookies, or frosted with peanut butter for a festive holiday party. Your pups will love them!

Apple Cinnamon Drop Cookies 
(recipe courtesy of Big Biscuit Bakery and Pet Supply)


3 cups flour (you can use wheat flour, or gluten free. Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-1 is a good one!)
1 whole apple
1 egg
1 1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 dashes cinnamon
1 cup water

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees
-Slice apple into small bite size pieces
-Mix all ingredients in stand mixer (or by hand)
-Scoop dough with cookie scoop and place on cookie sheet
-Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Option #2:

-Cut into apple shaped cookies with a cookie cutter and coat with melted peanut butter chips and/or melted yogurt chips.

Treats may also be dehydrated (approx. 8 hours) to extend shelf life.


I am giving away a copy of Purring Around the Christmas Tree today to one lucky winner. Leave a comment (and your email in case you win, so I can contact you) and tell me what you're looking forward to this fall?

Keep in touch with Liz:
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  1. I'm looking forward to cooler weather, leaves changing color, pumpkins, hday rides and hot cocoa!
    Meg85242 at gmail dot com

  2. This sounds very selfish but this past summer was too crazy. What I did in my 20-30's can not be done in my 60's. This fall I am looking forward to staying in my home without company or sudden trips to care for others so I can read and sew. (

    1. Not selfish at all - you need to take care of you! Enjoy the fall season :)

  3. Welcome, Liz! This fall, I'm looking forward to the beautiful foliage.

  4. Fall is my favorite time of year. Love the cooler weather, lovely colors and anything pumpkin!

  5. I'm looking forward to cooler weather for runs. It has been so hot I've been using the treadmill exclusively.

    1. Yes, Shaggy is looking forward to more walks outside in the cooler weather too.

  6. i am looking forward to the fall festivals in the area; thanks for the chance chance to win
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

  7. I'm looking forward to the beautiful fall foliage and the chance to get out into nature to admire them, sans bugs. As well as the change of colours outside is the change in décor inside. I love getting my fall flowers and dodads out. Since I haven't yet read any of your books I'm looking forward to reading Purring Around the Christmas Tree. I live with 2 cats. Need I say more?

    1. I love decorating for fall too, Lynne!

  8. I love everything about Fall. Carolina blue skies, cool weather, changing leaves, warm drinks,Halloween, the Renassaince festival. I love it all!

  9. I am looking forward to harvesting the last of my garden and tucking it in for winter, curling up with a good mystery and hot chocolate on blustery days, and celebrating 31 years of marriage to my Prince Charming!

  10. I don't like the cooler weather but I sure like pumpkin anything! The smells of pumpkin and apple things baking = heavenly! barbie17(at)gmail(dot)com Fall also brings my craft shows which are lots of fun to be in.

    1. I am a huge pumpkin fan also!

  11. The cover is great! I'm looking forward to cooler temps but it's usually not until late Oct or Nov.
    kckendler at gmail dot com

  12. amy guillaume lindermanSeptember 3, 2017 at 9:34 AM

    thanksgiving is my favorite holiday...i love to have a fire in the fireplace, get out my late grandmother's china, and make her Thanksgiving recipes.

  13. My daughter's wedding in October! My 7 month old and newborn granddaughters first Christmas. First snow of the year and get togethers. thank you for the chance.

    1. Sounds lovely! Congrats to your daughter!

  14. I am looking forward to spending time with my grandkids and reading more books!!!

  15. Love the fall with the blue skies, sunshine and walks in the foothills. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  16. I am expecting my 8th grandcutie later this month! Who doesn't love to curl up with a good cozy mystery and a cup of tea in the fall?