about me

Cara St.HilaireName: Cara
Location: Boston area
Day job: Publishing
Family: husband, Chris, three cats (Stevie, Winston, & Spooky), and a little boy named Anderson
Hobbies: gardening, painting, hiking, camping, reading, photography
Official description: animal loving pescetarian
Email: 1veggieatatime@gmail.com

I love to have my hands in the dirt.  Contemporary folk music is what you see most in my iTunes library. I like drinking coffee from pretty mugs.  My most important job is a mom, but I try hard to carve out time for my creative outlets. My husband still amazes me after many years together.  I get stressed easily.  I cook at home as much as I can.  I aspire to own my own vegetable farm someday and darnit, I will do it.

I grew up in Upstate New York on 14 acres in the middle of nowhere.  Nature was a huge part of my life.  Other kids had real neighbors and we had deer, turkeys, rabbits, birds, squirrels, and all sorts of wildlife as fellow members of our neighborhood.  My AMAZING parents were gardening junkies and every year our garden grew dramatically, incorporating crazy kinds of squash, potatoes, string beans, lettuce (not just one kind, but every kind known to man), herbs, tomatoes, cucumbers, and everything you could think of that grows in Zone 5.  My father can attribute his love of gardening to my grandfather. I attribute my love of gardening to my parents. I, too, have the gardening junkie gene.

It was evident that I’d always have a soft spot for animals as a child when I became obsessed with a book called The Big Snow by Berta and Elmer Hader (first published in 1949), which tells the story of animals surviving winter.  I worried and cried about how deer would find food and wondered where the bunnies went to sleep at night.  Fast forward to three years ago when I decided I couldn’t possibly EAT these furry creatures that I love so much.  I swore off eating any four legged animals or poultry.

I am not perfect.  I do what I can.  I use Method dish soap and don’t buy leather, but I falter like any human being. I just want life to be beautiful and I want to create a healthy, compassionate, green world for my son.

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9 Comments

  1. Amanda Jenkins says

    Cara, I love the blog…I wish I could eat vegan…I may pick up a book you suggested & read more about it. A friend of mine is a veg. & she made me an AWESOME veggie burger (Amy’s from Wegmans) with vegenaise…Out of this world….Bill & I also went to dinner @ a friends house that are strict veg. & Bill was leary & turned out he loved the veg. chili & now loves humus on toasted pita. Keep up the GREAT work! I love you & I’m so proud of you!

  2. Hummus and pita is fabulous! Hey, even changing a few meals per week to vegetarian has an impact. Keep trying new things because you’ll be surprised how yummy some of them are.

  3. Teresa Bailey says

    Cara, I just loved reading your blog and I feel I have learned quite a bit from you already. Ever since our trip to the Farm santuary,I have become more aware of what I eat and have tried to have one day a week vegatarian. I am ready to learn as much as I can about taking the next step and going veg all the way. Thank you for the info on the cookbooks and I will be sure to add a few more to my kitchen. I bookmarked your site and look forward to spending more time learning about a healthier way of living and a safer place for our precious animals to live in peace! Blessings to you and Chris in the New Year! love you!!!

    • Aw thank you! Even one day a week has an impact and I am so proud of you! I really want to go to the farm sanctuary. I am reading Gene Baur’s book right now. Some parts are tough but wow-what an amazing man. Love you as well and seriously thank you for reading my little blog.

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