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Self-reliance without scaring the neighbors?

Available at Amazon, and on Kindle
Barnes and Noble, and on Nook 

Here’s what readers are saying about it:

What a delightful book! This book is one of the better books for those that want to become self suficient and learn more about urban farming. The authors are not only funny but great at taking you step by step through some of the processes that may seem intimidating. Brendalynn

Love this book! I have tried to read other gardening and homesteading books only to be left both bored and overwhelmed. This is the first book of it’s kind that I have found encouraging and thoroughly entertaining! These two women know their stuff and they convey the information simply and with terrific humor. I haven’t found one page that has overwhelmed or bored me, it’s all good! AAyers

The Book Is Great! I received my copy of Little House in the Suburbs today. I was never so excited. I originally purchased it for my son but it is so good that I decided to keep it for myself. Debbie N.  Texas

I absolutely adore this book. It’s cute, interesting, and chock-full of useful information. I’m especially fond of the two authors’ writing styles, which makes reading the book feel like a one-sided discussion over a cup of coffee. My favorite part of this book, really, is the attitude that doing all of these wondrous, home-made, home-grown things is possible for even the common layman (or laywoman), and that while we should all do our research, we shouldn’t be intimidated by the ideas. Alecia J Rivas

Makes me feel like I am friends with the author. So nice!!! It is a great reading for the modern homeowner. Anna S. Greenfield

Self-Sufficiency in the Suburbs!

Gardens, goats and chickens in the suburbs? Absolutely!

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

“There’s a good, wholesome sense of empowerment that comes with being able to create from scratch something you previously thought was hatched in a store.”


Also, see Deanna’s other books:

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Kelly March 20, 2012 at 9:54 am

I am new to your blog and love it! I can’t wait to dive in and learn. I am looking forward to reading the new book too 🙂

Tomato Lady March 20, 2012 at 9:56 am

Kelly–Welcome and thanks! Happy First Day of Spring!

kate May 9, 2012 at 12:16 am

deanna from little house of the suburbs thank you for
your website you are too cool. i am sending this web
address to my friend of over 25-plus years. it really
hits all our sweet spots. honey u rock!

kate May 9, 2012 at 12:19 am

okay my daughter’s getting this website
too. we are 3,000 miles apart and this
will be wonderful for her and her husband;
they are just at that stage where they
will be amenable to this i think.

Ivory Soap May 14, 2012 at 8:56 am

Thank you Kate!

Christy September 11, 2012 at 8:52 am

My husband and I have the LHITS book and love it! I was wondering what the green soap featured on the cover is? Just something fancy for the cover or is there a recipe for it? Thank you ~ Christy

Daisy September 11, 2012 at 10:44 am

Christy–SO GLAD to hear it! Thank you for letting us know. As for the soap on the cover, that is a stock photo. The soap inside is ours, though. They have soap pigments to use in soap at soaping suppliers. I’ve gotten a greenish color from powdering dried herbs, but it usually turns brownish pretty fast. Not bad-looking, but not green anymore.

Jessica November 15, 2012 at 12:01 pm

I love your book Little House in the Suburbs–it has been my go-to book for about a year now. When are you gonna publish again! I love your warm personalty–it comes through on every page:)

Daisy November 15, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Jessica–Thank you for your kind words. It means a lot. We loved writing our book, and maybe some day we’ll have another.

Sue April 22, 2013 at 9:25 pm

Is the book free?

Kathy Hansen June 30, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Please subscribe my email address to your blog. Thank you

Mary February 15, 2014 at 5:51 pm

My husband bought me your book for Valentines day! I’m so happy and I absolutely love it!

Daisy February 15, 2014 at 9:29 pm

Mary–Aw! I’m so glad you like it! Thank you for taking the time to let us know!

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