Giveaway: Little House in the Suburbs

Looking for a little self-sufficiency in the suburbs? Me too! That’s why I was thrilled to take a look at the new book by Deanna Caswell and Daisy Siskin, Little House in the Suburbs: Backyard Farming and Home Skills for Self-Sufficient Living.

This book is the perfect guidebook for growing your own food, cooking meals from scratch, keeping bees, chicken and goats, making skincare and house-cleaning products, creating heartfelt gifts and building community spirit.

Hmmm… is it just me, or does all that sum up quite nicely a lot of what we are about here at Simple Organic?! Read on for a bit more info and for a chance to win this great book.

About the Book

The easy-to-follow advice in this book will show you everything you need to know to enjoy an abundant, independent life on food and products grown in your own back yard. You may feel like you have superpowers the first time you prepare a meal using only ingredients you grew in your garden. And is there anything you can’t do after you lather up with a bar of soap that you made in your own home? This book is full of recipes and tips that will help you discover the joy of self-sufficiency. Don’t worry; suburban gardening doesn’t mean you have to rip up your yard, or risk being ostracized by neighbors or your municipality or homeowners association.

Inside you’ll find:

  • Gardening instructions for any-size yard and any skill level
  • A complete overview of keeping chickens, mini-goats and bees in the suburbs
  • More than 40 food recipes featuring ingredients from your garden or animals
  • Canning techniques
  • Recipes for natural deodorant, toothpaste, lip balm and other beauty products
  • Step-by-step soapmaking instructions and soap recipes
  • Natural cleaning recipes for kitchens, bathrooms, surfaces and laundry
  • Gift basket ideas
  • Community-building ideas including babysitting co-ops, meal swaps, and barter systems
  • Advice on how to keep the peace with family, neighbors, and officials if your self-sufficient plans meet resistance

So much of what Little House in the Suburbs talks about is right up my alley. I definitely dream of having chickens someday, in addition to learning more and more ways to make and grow things myself rather than depending on outside sources for everything.

This book isn’t just pages of words on newsprint either. It’s full of colorful, inspiring photos and reads with the tone of a friendly blog post.

And, as those of us here at Simple Organic Homemade are working on baby steps toward a more natural (and somewhat self-sufficient) lifestyle, you’ll find that Deanna and Daisy present a similar case. From their book,

We don’t dig wells, and we’re not reclaiming acres of land. But we get back to the land– it’s just tiny, well-groomed, two-minutes from Target land. And it still counts! Don’t let the naysayers fool you. You can totally be back-to-basics and drive a pimped-out minivan. We do.

You can learn more about the authors by checking out their blog, where they’re known as “Ivory” and “Tomato Lady.”


Today one six lucky Simple Organic Homemade reader is going to win a copy of Little House in the Suburbs.

How to enter:

1. Simply leave a comment here on this post telling us what kind of backyard farming and home skills you dream of doing someday.

2. Optional Extra Entry: “Like” both Simple Organic and Little House on the Suburbs on Facebook and leave a comment here telling us you did so.

Giveaway ends on Friday, March 23rd, at midnight PST. Good luck!

About Nicole

Nicole can be found blogging at her lifestyle blog, and is the editor of Simple Homemade. She loves to read, sew, make ice cream, take pictures, watch baseball and go for walks by the beach with her hubby and three little kiddos. She loves anything handmade and is affectionately known as a bit of a hippie among family and friends.


  1. This book sounds amazing, thanks for sharing about it! I dream of having chickens one day :)

  2. Christine W says:

    I would love to can my own diced tomatoes and raise chickens one day!

  3. Even though I’m absolutely terrified of bees, I’ve always wanted to learn the art of bee keeping. More practically, I’d love to keep chickens since I tend to not run away from them in terror.

  4. MelissaT says:

    This book is right up my alley. We live in a condo, but my brown thumb disappoints me. My container garden is pretty sad. But I’m always willing to try try again!

  5. I want chickens and bees and enough tomatoes to can. What a great looking book. Thank you for introducing me to it and for the chance to win.

  6. Jackie s says:

    Im starting my vegetable garden this year.. Id love to have chickens too one day

  7. I want to learn to do it all! Of course, realistically, I at least want to have my own garden and some chickens. The bees and goats might be more than I am aiming for, but who knows!

  8. Jackie s says:

    I like simple organic and little house in the suburbs on fb!

  9. HighOrderGuiltComplex says:

    I would love to build a small chicken coop in my backyard one day. I would also like a beehive but I am nervous about them stinging the dogs or myself. Homemade lip balm would also be great to learn as my fav lipbalm company doesn’t make the flavors I like anymore.

  10. I LOVE books like this and devour any information that comes my way because someday owning a home-stead is a goal. I read foodie & farming memoirs, and devouring Ashley English’s series, and would LOVE to add this book to my knowledge base and collection!
    Sarah M

  11. Kathleen K says:

    I’d love to raise chickens and most of the vegetables our family eats.

  12. I would love to have a hive of bees in my little suburban backyard! Great for the garden!

  13. we are just starting with chickens and bees this spring, wish us luck!

  14. Alice Damsteegt says:

    To become even more self-sustaining from the land!

  15. I dream of having chickens!

  16. I don’t really dream of backyard gardening or certain home skills, but my wife is trying out square foot gardening this summer and she has expressed interest in learning more about canning as well as making our own soaps and other things like that.

  17. I liked Simple Organic on Facebook

  18. I can’t have chickens in the county I live in b/c I don’t have enough land… that would be first on my list. But actually, I probably just need to learn how to grow something that doesn’t die…

  19. I’d love to have laying hens, goats (for the raw milk), and bees.

    And a huge vegetable/herb plot, of course!

  20. I liked little house on the suburbs on facebook

  21. And I liked both on FB!

  22. I like both of you on FB!

  23. Would love to win!!

  24. Sarra Bess says:

    We’re expanding our garden this year, and one day I hope to convince my family to keep chickens, or maybe ducks. Bees would be great, too! We also trade vegetables and baked goods with our neighbors who hunt and fish.

  25. Thank you for reviewing this book! It looks really fantastic.

  26. This book sounds great! We have a small garden, but our dream is to have chickens. :) They aren’t allowed within our town limits.

  27. This book looks awesome! I dream of providing everything my family eats from my little quarter acre…clearly dreaming :-) But, I will settle for all the eggs/chickens/veggies we can eat in the spring/summer/fall with some to store through the winter :-)

  28. I dream of lovely chickens in my yard! We have our garden, compst pile, and rain barrels….now i swoon over some lovely ladies! (chickens of course)


  29. I would love to have chickens someday but my town doesn’t allow them within city limits. So for now, I want to work on a bigger garden with more variety and more canning and homemade food.

  30. I like both Facebook pages. Thanks for the giveaway!

  31. I really, really want to build a chicken coop and start raising chickens. Fresh eggs would be wonderful, they eat your bugs, and they’re just fun to watch! Hoping to get it done sooner rather than later!

  32. Kellee Jones says:

    I am starting my own little organic garden this month, Im SOO excited as it will be my first one. I want organic corn, onions, lettuce, spinich, a variety of peppers and tomatos. I also would love to be able to have some goats soon. I try and buy only organic and would love the chance to learn to make as many things as I can on my own. This would be an awesome book to own.

  33. Caroline says:

    We would love to have a bigger garden and I would like to get better at saving and canning food.

  34. I’d love to have my own chickens and fresh organic produce!

  35. I like both pages on facebook.

  36. I’m really interested in this! I’d love to have chickens, but it’s currently against city ordinances. Hopefully that won’t last long. I make some of our cleaners and I grow some of our vegetables. Thanks for offering this book!

  37. I would love to expand my garden and have a place in my yard for strawberries and blueberries. I’d also love to add some fruit trees and learn to can my own produce.

  38. I’d really love to have a successful vegetable garden! And maybe someday chickens!

  39. I like both Simple Organic and Little House in the Suburbs on FB.

  40. Long term? Chickens, goats, veggies, herbs, fruit trees, bees, canning and drying.. oh my!

    (I also “liked” both pages on fb!)

  41. We’ve dreamed of having chickens :)

  42. I really want chickens but I’m not sure we are allowed to in our township. Have to check the ordinances. But I am planting a garden, & have fond memories of my Grandma “putting up” food every summer, so I am going to try a little canning this year. This book sounds wonderful!

  43. Renee R. says:

    I’m so excited about the prospect of receiving this book! I’ve always wanted to have my own chickens, bees and this will be my 3rd year of growing my own vegetables. I’m extremely interested in making my own “home remedies” as I say; whether it’s my own laundry detergent, lotions/creams, etc. And one day I hope to make my own honey, have grass fed chickens and organic eggs, etc. Either way, I feel that I will purchase this book for all the information and education that it has to offer :)

  44. Also, I did just like both FB pages. Thanks!

  45. margaret says:

    I have a small garden, but dream of being proficient enough to feed our family. And bees! Doing bees would be amazing!

  46. I would love to have backyard chickens someday! As well as a raised garden. First I need to get the backyard… 😉 I would love this book for future reference and to share with my parents who are beginning a journey toward backyard homesteading.

  47. I’d love to learn more about gardening and canning.

  48. Liked Simple Organic and Little House In The Suburbs on facebook.

  49. margaret says:

    Liked Simple Organic on FB!

  50. Rachael Hay says:

    I like both pages on facebook!