Saturday, June 7, 2014

Giveaway with author 
Liz Mugavero

Liz Mugavero is the author of the wonderful
Pawsitively Organic Mystery series

 The first book in the series, 
KNEADING TO DIE became a big hit with animal and cozy lovers.
It's no wonder the second book in the series, 
A BISCUIT, A CASKET has done the same

Liz was in the mood for a giveaway, which is great because I was too!
One lucky winner will receive a copy of one of Liz's books signed by Liz, her cat Tuffy, and her dog Shaggy. 

Please enter using RaffleCopter at the end of the page.

Maybe the best thing that ever happened to Kristan "Stan" Connor was losing her high-stress public relations job. Now there's plenty of time to spend in her sleepy new Connecticut town working on her dream: baking healthy, organic pet treats!

Before long the neighborhood dogs are escaping their yards to show up at Stan's doorstep, begging for the kinds of special homemade treats her Maine coon cat Nutty loves so much. And Stan's pet-loving neighbors are thrilled with the new organic options available to their furry family members. But not everyone loves Stan and her newfangled organic ways. . .

It seems Carole Morganwick, the town vet, is from the old school of pet care. But when Stan swallows her pride and brings a very unwilling Nutty in for a checkup, she not only finds Carole dead under a pile of kibble. . .but also that she's in the dog house as the prime suspect! Finding the real killer and clearing her name will require some seriously surreptitious sniffing around. . .and hopefully, curiosity won't kill this innocent cat!

Includes Gourmet Pet Food Recipes!

The small town of Frog Ledge, Connecticut, has wholeheartedly embraced Kristan "Stan" Connor's new business--preparing quality organic treats for dogs and cats. On a healthy diet, the animals may live longer. . .but one local farmer won't be so lucky.

As Halloween approaches, Stan is asked to cater a doggie costume party hosted by the Happy Cow Dairy Farm. Part of a local co-op, Happy Cow specializes in organic dairy products, and farmers Hal and Emmalee Hoffman have started opening up the farm for parties, offering a "haunted" corn maze as an added attraction.

When Hal's lifeless body is found in the maze, the police at first suspect his wife, but Stan soon learns the dairy farmer had plenty of enemies--from bitter family members to shady business associates. If Stan can't extract a kernel of truth from the labyrinth of lies, she may be the next one to buy the farm. . .

Includes Gourmet Pet Food Recipes!

Liz has included some wonderful recipes for 
dog and cat treats in both of her books. 

The following recipes are from A BISCUIT, A CASKET.


   Bowl One:
             1 cup peanut butter
             3 eggs
             1.5 cups water

   In a separate bowl combine:
             2 cups wheat flour
             .5 cup oat flour
             3 Tbsp baking powder
             3 Tsp baking soda

   Grease and flour the bottom of a 9-x-11 inch cake pan.
   Combine all cake ingredients. Do not over mix. Pour into pan and bake immediately at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes. Let cool completely before turning out. Cut out bone shape.
Wrap and freeze.

         16 oz cream cheese

   Frosting is best to work with at room temperature. Only frost a frozen cake. Frost by adding small amounts of frosting by hand to the cake and spreading, creating a smooth bone shape.

          Cream cheese
          Food coloring

  Trim as desired. 

Shape, size, and appearance with vary from photos shown


   Batch: This recipe will produce approximately 24 large cookies.

      4 cups whole wheat flour
      2 cups canned natural pumpkin
      2 cups water
      2 Tbsp baking powder

   Mix all ingredients in a stand mixer and knead for 4 minutes. Ensure dough is pliable and not fracturing. If dough fractures, add small quantities of water and mix. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes, then check. Dehydrate for minimum 10 hours. 

Recipes courtesy of the Big Biscuit
Photos are not from the books. 

If you make any of recipes, please take pictures 
and I'll post them on the blog!

Good luck!


  1. All of them are so cute! I might have to try making the pumpkin cookies. I also love the cover on this book, I haven't tried this series yet, but it is on my tbr list, thanks for the chance to win and get started, lol.

  2. I love the recipes for dog dog is allergic to so many things, that I cannot buy her treats. Thank you for something different!

  3. This sounds like an awesome book. I love that recipes are included. I am a big time dog lover.

  4. I think my doggies would love the pumpkin cookies.

  5. I love to get the new books. I can read them and then pass them on to my girls.
    Thanks for the chance to win this book.

  6. love the recipes for the doggie treats. I will have to make them real big otherwise my dogs would just inhale them and not chew them. thanks for the chance to win another great book in this series.

  7. Love reading this series! Don't have doggies to bake for! Recipes sound good enough to want a dog to cook for! Thanks for the giveaway chance!

  8. Thank you Liz and Lisa for a chance to win one of the cozies! Our Catahoula/Blue Healer will just love the cookies!
    Sandy in So. Cali

  9. Sounds like a great series. Recipes too.

  10. I would love to read this book—thanks for the opportunity to win!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

  11. I LOVE cozies that involve animals in some way! Thanks for this giveaway.

  12. Loved Liz's first book, and can't wait to read this one! She is an amazing talent.

  13. I would love to win kneading to death since I own a biscuit, a casket, thanks for the giveaway,

  14. Such a fun author to follow. Thanks for the chance.

  15. I'd love to win the book! Could you please give directions for the dehydrating of the cookies? Is it just leaving them out in the air or is it using a dehydrator?

  16. Sorry, I forgot to check "notify me", so if you answer the cookie question, here would be a good place. Thanks!

    1. Nancy, I'll check with Liz, but from everything I've seen online, you would use a dehydrating machine.

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  17. Thank you for the comments. Good luck everyone!

  18. I love the fact that there are furkid recipes. I'm not sure what the dehydrating step actually entails though.

  19. Great having homemade doggie treats!! Ronnalord(at)msn(dot)com