Sweet Mountain Life

Gardening, Vegetarian Food and Life in the Mountains of Western North Carolina

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The Mountain Comes Back to Life

It’s time to catch up and share some of what’s been happening on our mountain these last few months. But, first, a few photos and a little chit-chat on what’s happening right now!

I love Springtime! The buzzing, fluttering, croaking, chirping sounds that seem to rise up from the silence every morning to accompany new life, from seemingly nowhere, are the best alarm clock ever. The orchard is bursting with fruit this year! The wild berries are unbelievably full. It’s going to be a great year for cobblers, preserving and wine.

I caught a shot of the Scarlet Tanager, a bird I’ve never seen before, and the Hummingbirds have returned.

We now have chickens, adding 13 new babies to our little homestead, and we’re loving the new and interesting experiences having a flock of birds brings. Sometimes, quite interesting.

Rosewater! I tried my hand at rosewater. I love to keep it in the fridge, especially in the Summer. Rosewater tones the skin, helps with acne and more. It’s so refreshing after a bath or before bed. I’ll write a special post on how to make this simple scented water soon.


For now, I’m off to gather eggs and lettuce, collect a few herbs and see what the day brings. Here’s hoping you have a beautiful one!

Happy Homesteading,
Catherine and Michael


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Almost 3 years ago, by divine intervention and subconscious willing, we moved to the mountains of Western North Carolina. The quiet of the mountains was quite different from the hustle and bustle we’d moved from, but it was much welcomed. Our hope had been to learn to grow and preserve our own food, learn how to save seeds and, in general, become somewhat self-sustaining.

Michael and I have come a long way in that time. We have grown successful gardens, and had some failures. We’ve learned about saving seeds, canned a lot of stuff and even harvested and dried some of the native herbs, plants and tree leaves for food and medicinal purposes. This past year has been all about pruning and caring for grape vines and fruit trees, pests and soil amendments, and rain.

My personal passion is finding new vegan dishes to prepare and veganizing old favorites. I love seeing friends and family try delicious meals and not “miss the meat”. Better yet, helping those ready to try veganism for lifestyle, health or weight issues and seeing the amazing results can’t be beat. I’ll be posting my favorite finds from my favorite vegan sites, as well as some step-by-step pics of preparation.

We’ll be following work in the garden…the preparation, planting, growing and harvesting. Canning and cooking are so much fun in the summertime, and I love taking pictures of all that color! Speaking of color, spring brings on the color and it just doesn’t stop. We’ll share nature and it’s bounty as it comes to life.

We’re so excited to share all that we’ve learned and all that we’re learning with you and hope that you’ll enjoy our journey as much as we do. We look forward to your input and responses and even some pics of your lovely life.  🙂


Enjoy Life and Live Vegan!
Catherine and Michael