Winter Comfort—Black Eyed Pea Pie

Thanks For Sharing!A Savory, Family Favorite Recipe It’s been awhile since I posted a recipe. That’s not for lack of cooking. We eat at home most of the time, and cook from scratch a good deal of it, but I’ve been too busy to photograph much, and to tell the truth, I’m a bit ashamed…

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We Wish You…. A Merry Christmas

Thanks For Sharing!Happy Holidays We at O-Deer are wishing all of you the best and happiest this Holiday Season. We Wish You the Very Merriest Christmas! As the holiday (on a weekend this year!!!)quickly approaches, I am winding up in the cooking, baking, wrapping, socializing areas, and getting ready to wind down the web sites, the…

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A Taste of Christmas Tradition

Thanks For Sharing!Baking Giant Snickerdoodles Every family has their traditions, the little events and rituals that truly define the Holiday Season for them. Like many others, we have Christmas customs that we repeat nearly every year. While some things change with time and circumstance, others stay blessedly the same, lending us a continuity that may…

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O Deer! It’s Gaia’s Birthday…

Thanks For Sharing!Happy Birthday to You! It’s Gaia’s birthday, so (being the proud mom that I am) I just wanted to do a short post to mark this event in her life. Born in 1994, she is celebrating her 22nd birthday. Besides being my youngest child, and therefore eternally saddled with the dubious honor of being my…

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Herban Renewal February—Rosemary

Thanks For Sharing!The Herb of Remembrance     With Valentine’s Day just a few days away, and Florida’s version of winter in full swing, I am hunkering down indoors to avoid the cold (30s at night—50s during the day) and blustery wind. I am not a fan of cold weather. I suppose it is fortunate that…

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Thankful for All of You

Thanks For Sharing!Thanksgiving Dessert Chalkboard Sign  During this busy season when many of us are preparing for one of the loveliest Family Holidays of all, we at O Deer Mercantile want to wish all of you a blessed and enjoyable Thanksgiving. It is one of my favorite days of the year. I always look forward to…

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Spiced Pear Vodka

Thanks For Sharing!Infusing Vodka with the Flavor of Fall   Back in late August, I allowed as how there was a bumper crop of Sand Pears and listed a few things I had in mind to make with them. Time gets away from me, and though I made some tasty desserts with them, I didn’t get…

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Falling for Autumn

Thanks For Sharing!Embracing the Autumnal Equinox—Florida Style As of a few hours ago, it is officially Autumn. The Fall Season and I have a history, and it is not necessarily a good one. I admire the turning of the seasons, love the warm colors that symbolize it, adore pumpkins and even like the surfeit of pumpkin…

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When Life Gives You Tomatoes…

Thanks For Sharing!Make a Tomato Pie! My Mom and Step-Dad returned from their vacation home in Western North Carolina earlier this week, and as is often the case, they returned with goodies from their favorite Dillard, Georgia produce market, Osage Farm. It’s only about a half hour away from their house in NC, so they…

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Chocolate Kahlua Cake

Thanks For Sharing!Dark & Rich— A Weekend Dessert Spiked with Kahlua Liqueur   When I began this blog a few months ago, I promised cake, among other things. With all the busy activity involved in getting a website up and running, starting an Etsy shop, and just plain being caught up in home, garden and…

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