Sunday, June 30, 2019

Welcome Bethany Blake with a Peach Cream Pie and Prize Package #Giveaway!

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Like her charming amateur sleuth, author Bethany Blake has gained valuable experience running a pet-sitting business. We're thrilled that she's stopped by to share a beloved family recipe and tell us about the new entry in her delightful mystery series: Something Borrowed, Something Mewed.

Take it away Bethany!

—Cleo Coyle 

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Planning a wedding can be stressful, as Piper Templeton, the bride in my new Lucky Paws Petsitting MysterySomething Borrowed, Something Mewed—learns when her domineering mother hires a bossy wedding planner.

Practical Piper just wants a simple wedding, planned with the help of her petsitting amateur sleuth sister, Daphne. But she ends up with a Fourth of July-themed extravaganza, complete with bridesmaids’ dresses that look just like the Statue of Liberty’s iconic outfit. And to make matters worse, the despised planner ends up dead. Oh, and the officiant leads a cult.

Not surprisingly, Piper turns to something simple for solace: Peach Cream Pie.

This pie is seriously easy, made with only a handful of ingredients. The hardest part is peeling the peaches, which is pretty easy, too, if you blanch them first. But the result is jaw-droppingly, lick-your-plate-clean delicious. 

This recipe was first made by my grandmother, Lillian, so I gave her a shout-out in the book, naming Piper and Daphne’s grandmother Lillian, too, and crediting the recipe to her. 

I think of my late grandmother, and my mother, who made this, too, whenever I bake the pie—which is best at the very height of summer, when peaches are freshest. I never, ever make this in fall or winter. That would make it less special.

Love you, Grandma Lillian. 

P.S. You might be thinking, shouldn’t this be called "Peaches 'n' Cream Pie," or something like that? But, no. It’s always been "Peach Cream Pie" in our family, and it really is different from other recipes with similar names.

—Bethany Blake  🐾

Recipe Photos by Bethany Blake

Peach Cream Pie 

from Bethany Blake's new
Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery
Something Borrowed, Something Mewed


5-6 peaches, blanched, peeled and sliced

4 Tbs flour

¼ tsp salt

½ tsp cinnamon (or more… I use more)

1 cup cream

2/3 cup sugar


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare your crust. I make terrible pie crust, so I use pre-made. But if you have a favorite family recipe, use it! Pre-bake for a few minutes.

2. Cut small x’s in the skin of each peach and blanch by dunking into boiling water for 30 seconds. Pull out and shock in an ice bath. Peel and slice.

3. Mix together all remaining ingredients.

4. Remove crust from oven, arrange peaches in crust and pour cream mixture over top.

5. Bake for 40 minutes, covering edges of crust with foil, if necessary.

6. That’s it! 

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Bethany Blake lives in a small, quaint town in Pennsylvania with her husband and three daughters. When she's not writing or riding horses, she's wrangling a menagerie of furry, finned and feathered family members that includes a nervous pit bull, a fearsome feline, an immortal goldfish, and an attack cardinal named Robert. Like Daphne Templeton, the heroine of her Lucky Paws Petsitting Mysteries, Bethany holds a Ph.D. and operates a pet-sitting business called Barkley's Premium Pet Care.

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Bonus Giveaway from Bethany!

I’m giving away...

🐾  A copy of Something Borrowed, Something Mewed,

🐾  A wedding-cake-scented candle, and

🐾  A miniature, original painting of sleuth
Daphne Templeton’s sidekick, 

basset hound Socrates. 

In the book, Daphne tries to paint Socrates
at a wine-and-painting-party bridal shower—

with much worse results! 

To learn more about or purchase
Bethany's new mystery, click here
or on the cover above.

To enter Bethany's giveaway, 
be sure to leave a comment 
with an email address.

This giveaway is now over.

Congrats to Bethany's
"Lucky Paws" lucky winner:



  1. The peach pie sounds and looks delicious. I can't wait to read your book. I read you ride horses I grew up riding horses. My favorite animal. Thank you for the chance

  2. Here's hoping I win your giveaway.

  3. I love your series and giveaway. I seriously need that Basset photo. Thanks for offering it!
    browninggloria(at)hotmail(dot) com

  4. I hope I win.

  5. Perfect time for a peach recipe. Will have to pass it along to mom and my sister. They are the pie bakers. What a wonderful prize pack. Thanks for the chance to win. kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net

  6. Thank you for sharing such a special recipe and memory. Thank you also for this wonderful prize package. My Basset Hound loves Socrates. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

  7. I have the peaches on my counter now. This sounds like an easy and tasty recipe. suefoster109 at gmail dot com.

  8. I'm going to pass the pie recipe over to my youngest daughter. She's the baker in the family. We live in a co-op apartment and pets are not allowed so my children never had a pet of their own. I grew up with a feisty little Mini-Schnauzer named "Cuddles". I taught her to bite my kid brother's ankles anytime he annoyed me. Yes, I was totally evil. Mwa Haa Haaaaaaaaa

    I would love to win the gift pack and share the book with my girls.

    1. I can totally picture Cuddles nipping at your brother, lol!

  9. Thanks for this lovely giveaway. The peach pie looks so delectable and is a perfect summer dessert. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. I hope you get a chance to make and enjoy the pie. It really is tasty!!

  10. Peach pie is yummy and refreshing. What a great feature and giveaway. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  11. I love the simplicity of this recipe and look forward to giving it a try. Peaches are such a lovely seasonal treat and this is certainly a new way for me to use them. The image of Socrates on your cover is adorable.
    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

  12. Taylor R. WilliamsJune 30, 2019 at 12:05 PM

    This sounds like such a fun read - thanks for the chance to win a copy and other fun swag - trwilliams 69 *at* msn *dot* com

  13. I have never made a peach pie before. This sounds easy enough for me.
    My son's Basset is almost all tan with a little white on her breast bone. They are so sweet. I'd love to read your book. Thanks for the chance to try to win a copy.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  14. The book sounds like a really fun read and I'm looking forward to reading the series. The peach pie looks delicious, a perfect summer dessert. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  15. This sounds easy and delicious. Thank you, Grandmother Lillian.

    libbydodd at comcast dot net

  16. Oh my goodess!! That recipe sounds yummy! If my peach trees produce some good peaches this summer I will definitely try it out. I would love to go to a wine and painting party to paint my Pugsly :) njcar22(at)aol(dot)com

    1. Congrats, Nicole, you won Bethany's prize package, including her terrific new cozy mystery, SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING MEWED. Enjoy! xoxo

  17. Peach 🍑 pie is one of my favorite summer desserts. So delicious.
    donnaing1(at) gmail(dot)com

  18. Two of my favorite Authors! Great post Cleo... Bethany, you're a pip! I'm really looking forward to reading your latest��
    I can't wait to make the Peach Pie- Veganized of course.
    Kelly Braun

  19. This recipe sounds great. I'd love to read this book.

  20. The recipe looks delicious. Thank you for your generosity, and this chance to win! areewekidding(at)yahoo(dot)com

  21. Peach pie sounds wonderful! Sho does the book!

  22. Just dropping in to thank you, Bethany, for coming back to the Kitchen with such a wonderful post. I can't wait to try that Peach Cream Pie and cheers for offering our followers the chance to win your brand new Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery, SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING MEWED. Your series is terrific, congrats on the publication of number five!

  23. Thank you for the chance. Your recipe sounds amazing! 😍😍

  24. I love any kind of peach pie! Would love to win your special package. Thanks for the chance!

  25. That pie looks amazing! I love peaches - nothing says summer like peaches! Sexydva at gmail dot com

  26. I want to try this when our peaches ate ready. Then read while eating pie!

  27. It all sounds great. I love animals and peach pie is one of my favorites.

  28. Pie looks delicious and have not read any of your books yet but going to get started on them....thanks for the chance to in...

  29. The pie sounds delicious. Thank you for the opportunity.

  30. Peaches and summer go together, the pie looks delicious! I am looking forward to reading the new book, thanks for the chance to win!

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  32. I would love to read your book! Thanks for the chance! almaj80(at)suddenlink(dot)net

  33. Great post. Love the recipe. We love anything peach. And will be giving this one a try tomorrow. Thank you so much for the recipe. And we appreciate the chance for the book and picture. deepotter (at) peoplepc (dot) com

  34. Thank you for the opportunity. I would love to win. sljesse10 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  35. The recipe sounds great!

    Legallyblonde1961 At yahoo dot com

  36. Oh, boy! A great-sounding pie and a new book! Bring it on!

  37. My mom used to make a cream peach pie! It was so good. I look forward to reading your book. dee2164 at Hotmail dot com

  38. The pie looks delicious and I agree with your way of peeling a peach, that is how I was taught by my mom & grandma! As for planning a wedding, oh boy! wedding date it Sept. 14th!

    My email is and I would love to win such a great prize package; thank you for the chance!