Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Happy Pie Baking! Holiday Giveaway from Goosebush!

by Delia Greenway
from the Garden Squad series by Julia Henry

You know, I love to bake. I really do.

But.

I get a bit obsessed with baking, and making everyone happy.

When Lilly wanted to host Thanksgiving desserts, I thought it was a great idea. It was the first big holiday event she wanted to host since her husband, Alan, had died.

It wasn't the full dinner, which was too much. For both of us. instead, Lilly decided to host a dessert party at her house starting at 7. Since we were going to Tamara and Warwick's house for dinner at 2, that would give us plenty of time to get back to the house and get things ready.

And it wasn't like there wasn't going to be help. Ernie and Roddy were in charge of beverages, and had the coffee urns ready to go, tea caddy stocked, wine refrigerator full, and mulled cider spiced.

Tamara and Warwick were bringing cookies and chocolate. Most of them were from Warwick's team sales this past fall. Whenever the team needed to sell more cookies or candy, the O'Connor's stepped up.

I'd volunteered to make the pies. I liked making pies. How hard would that be?

Then I asked a couple of people what their favorite pie was. No one had the same answer.

Apple. Pumpkin. Chocolate cream. Lemon meringue. Cherry. Mince. Pecan.

How could I choose? Who would I disappoint?

Well, I decided to make mini-pies and make everyone happy.

I gave myself a week, and made 60 pies. A bit overboard, perhaps. But I wanted everyone to be happy. And to have leftovers to bring home. Lilly likes to have pie for breakfast, so I know they won't go to waste.

The pies were a huge hit. Tonight Lilly asked what I thought about hosting a dessert party around Christmas. And using the Garden Party invite list. That's over one-hundred people. Yikes.

I figure if I start now, I can make enough pies for the party. I hope 144 will be enough. I'm adding blueberry, buttermilk, banana cream, custard, and peach to the list. Have any other suggestions? Keep them to yourself, please. A dozen of a dozen will make this holiday season a happy one.
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 Pruning the Dead debuted this past January, and Tilling the Truth came out in August.
Friends, as you know, Julia Henry writes the Garden Squad mystery series.

As part of our Season's Readings Celebration, I'm going to give away two copies of Pruning the Dead to commenters who answer this question.

What is your favorite type of pie?

Comments will be open through Saturday, November 23.

54 comments:

  1. My favorite pie is butterscotch. I love the richness and meringue!
    browninggloria(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  2. My favorite Pie is blackberry..yum and if you can taste the butter in it so much the better.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  3. Love peach pie! Thanks for the chance. Jess maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  4. I am not fond of pie but I do like Banana Cream.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  5. Don't enter me as I already have a signed copy but my favorite is pumpkin.
    kkcochran (at) Hotmail (dot) com

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  6. It's a tie between key lime pie and pecan! dolphingalsmurphy (at) yahoo (dot)com

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  7. Seems like every time I make a pie for someone else, they request my coconut cream pie. As for me, I love the pie that makes me think of my Granny - lemon meringue pie with the vanilla wafer crust. Honestly don't know if it's the pie or the sweet memories it evokes. Also around this time of year when most think of pumpkin pie, I love my Mom's recipe for Praline Pumpkin Pie which is a pumpkin pie with a pecan praline layer in the crust before the pumpkin mixture is added. Delicious and adds a bit of something deliciously different and a wonderful surprise for the first time eater.

    Thank you for the fabulous opportunity to win a copy of "Pruning the Dead" which is on my TBR list. I've wanted to read it since I first heard about it.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  8. I would have to say apple. With a great big slice of sharp cheddar cheese. thanks so much for the giveaway and Happy Holidays! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. Key lime pie. schmokercarol(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. Lemon Chiffon Pie. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. Strawberry Rhubarb Pie. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  12. I love pecan pie. My cousin makes the best ones. Thanks for the giveaway!
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

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  13. My favorite pie is coconut cream. Yum! lndklbck(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. My favorite pie is the English Apple Pie my Mom used to make.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Catherine, congratulations, you won! email me with your snail mail address at JHAuthors@jhauthors.com

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  16. My favorite is strawberry or lemon meringue.
    kozo8989(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  17. I love pecan and lemon meringue! Thanks for the chance. ljbonkoski@yahoo.com

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  18. Bananna cream pie is my favorite. queenvictoria50 (AT) aol. (COM)

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  19. My homemade strawberry rhubarb. Thanks for the contest. ckmbeg (at) gmail (dot) com

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  20. Given her answer I think Vickie W posted on my column by mistake. Here is her entry. Lemon meringue has always been my favorite pie. Vickiela3(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  21. Lemon meringue

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  22. Pumpkin

    Legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

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  23. In the summertime, my favorite pie is fresh strawberry pie. The key is locally grown strawberries and here in WNY that's a very short time frame! I also love a bourbon pecan. This Thanksgiving my mom's making pumpkin ice cream pie! (the only kind of pumpkin pie I like) When I was a kid she used to make lemon and lime meringue tarts!

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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  24. My favorite pie is coconut creme. Straw berry Rhurbarb too Donakutska7@gmail.com

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  25. Key Lime and pecan!

    marthalawson8 (at) gmail dot com

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  26. I love a good apple pie. Thanks for the chance.
    ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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  27. My favorite pies are pumpkin, chocolate, and chocolate peanut butter.

    kaye.killgore(at)comcast(dot)net

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  28. I like pecan pie! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. My favorite pie is pumpkin! Wow, I can't imagine all that pie making. Where will you store them? It just boggles my mind. You are a better person and cook than I. I tend to over work the crust which makes it tough. All my few cooking thoughts are traveling to you!
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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  30. I love peach pie we have a man who has so many peach trees and i love it when the peaches are ripe as my husband make me a pie. Fresh peach pies are just wonderful. I do not cook only a little now as the disease that I have been fighting for 34 years is RSD and it has crippled my fingers so it is too dangerous to cook. I am my husbands sous chef and it is ok I sit in my scooter and clean up after him. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and thank you for offering the giveaway of your print books. After I read I always review on two sites. Peggy Clayton ptclayton2@aol.com

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  31. Banana cream or triple berry. Who's kidding who? If it's pie, I like it. Thanks for the chance.

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  32. I love mulberry pie.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  33. I like pie, hard to choose which is my favorite but I guess it depends on the time of the year and my mood. Its almost Thanksgiving, so pumpkin pie is high on my list, but in the spring I like my Mother's recipe for chocolate cream pie. Also like lemon merinque too. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  34. pecan and apple are my favorites. 1cow0993(at)gmail(dot)com

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  35. I like too many kinds of pie to pick just one
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  36. Pumpkin in the fall/winter and key lime in the summer anajs95(at)gmail(dot)com

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  37. Coconut cream pie is my favorite and pecan and cherry pies run a close second. Thanks for the giveaway. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  38. I love peach or cherry pie. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  39. I like apple pie.
    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  40. I stopped baking when my girls were old enough and interested enough to take over. If I want something I put in an order with both and wait to see who is doing it. I also have a real C.I.A. Graduate Baker in the family. He used to bring all the pies for Thanksgiving. But since he's married now and his wife turned them all Vegan I make special dishes for them and don't put pressure on him to bake. I ordered my pie from the bakery (Key Lime Pie)since they decided to reintroduce it for the holiday.

    Thank you for the books you write which entertain us and also for this wonderful giveaway.

    NoraAdrienne (at) gmail (dot) com

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  41. I love pecan pie and cherry is a close second. I recently tried making an apple pie and put rosemary in it... that was pretty good too!
    kimheniadis (at) gmail (dot) com

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  42. I love Lemon Meringue, although apple is a close second. cheers (at) MarjimManor (dot) com

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  43. I eat any kind of pie - fruit, cream, ice cream, you name it - except rhubarb and coconut. I'm still learning how to make the perfect crust, but I 'kill' the fillings. lol

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  44. Love pie especially peach or apple
    jwhaley4(at)aol(dot)com

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  45. A lot of pies are good. But the faves are: Lemon Meringue; Pumpkin topped with real whipped cream. We are getting into hand pies. Peach cobbler is a fave and trying to work it into a hand pie is something else. I want them juicy. Not leaky. deepotter at centurylink dot net

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  46. wow that is a lot of pies. even if they are small. my favorites are cherry and my sisters custard
    quilting lady 2 at comcast dot net

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  47. My favorite pie is Raspberry Apple... or maybe Pumpkin Pecan... could be Chocolate Peppermint... possibly Blackberry Pear... or even Sweet Potato... Heck, as long as it's Vegan, I'll eat it!
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    Kelly Braun
    Gaelicark(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  48. I love Apple Pie, Pumpkin Pie & Banana Creme is my all time favorite. Happy Thanksgiving & Thanks for this awesome giveaway.

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  49. I love derby pie and blueberry pie. thank you for the chance
    johnnabooks(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  50. I like Dutch apple pie and cherry pie the most. But, I like a lot of other kinds, too.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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