Win All of Ashley English’s “Homemade Living” Books In This Giveaway!

Homemade Living book series

Do you know my friend Ashley English? She of the Small Measure blog, author of five (soon to be seven!) books, forest dweller, beekeeper, chicken mama, and hippie homemaker after my own heart. If there ever was a face for the homemade movement, Ashley English should be it. After all, she churned out a stack of some of the best beginner books on the subject: “Canning & Preserving,” “Home Dairy,” “Keeping Chickens,” and “Keeping Bees,” all of which are part of the “Homemade Living” series by Lark Books.

I finally had a chance to thumb through her books a couple weeks ago and found them full of useful info for anyone aspiring to a more self-sufficient life, indoors or out. If that “anyone” might be you, here’s your chance to win the whole series!

Ashley’s books serve as great getting-started guides, interspersing how-to sections with simple recipes and profiles of local homesteaders. She shares a lot of her own personal experiences in each of these subjects, and writes in a tone that’s personable and easy to read.

Local profile

Hive maintenance

Even if you don’t know the first thing about honey-harvesting (or cheese-making or chicken-feeding), you’ll be led through the process painlessly with plenty of pictures and instructions to reference. I don’t keep bees or make dairy at home (yet), but reading about them makes me want to add to my own homesteading skills. Who knows, maybe next year?!

A few of my favorite things from her books: seasonal checklist for maintaining your beehive, complete plans for building a chicken tractor, step-by-step instructions for both beginner cheeses and advanced cheeses (homemade gorgonzola aged for four months? … one can only dream!), and all the luscious photographs of vegetables and fruits, jellies and pickles (home-canned goods are eye candy to me).

Chicken tractor plans

Jams and jellies

Just in time for Christmas, I have all four books boxed up and ready for shipment to one lucky reader! And, they are all signed by Ashley herself! Whether you want to give them as gifts or keep them for yourself, they’re a thoughtful addition to any bookshelf. One winner will receive the complete “Homemade Living” series, with each book signed by the author (a $70 total value).

How to enter: Leave a comment below and tell me which of the homemade crafts (chicken-keeping, beekeeping, canning, or dairy-making) you’re most interested in learning or improving in the new year. To receive an additional entry, follow @theGardenBetty on Twitter, and leave a second comment below indicating your Twitter username. You have two chances to win!

The giveaway will end at 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time on Friday, December 13, 2013. Winner will be drawn at random and announced the following week. Good luck!

Sweepstakes Rules

  1. Sweepstakes begins December 9, 2013 and ends December 13, 2013.
  2. No purchase is necessary. To enter, leave a comment on this blog post.
  3. Only US residents ages 18 and older are eligible to enter.
  4. Two entries allowed per person.
  5. Odds of winning are based on number of entries received.
  6. Winner will be drawn at random.
  7. If winner does not respond within 48 hours after time of contact, that entry will be forfeited and a new winner will be drawn.

Disclosure: Lark Books is providing the prize mentioned in this sweepstakes. All opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation.

Update: A big thanks to everyone who entered!
This giveaway is now closed. The winner was Laurie from Texas.

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December 9 2013      112 comments     Linda Ly

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  • Samantha Sindoris Knipp

    I’ve been canning all summer long and look forward to canning more! I could use advise on jams/ jellies, particularly about pectins and how to make low sugar recipes.

  • Anne Warren

    I’m really getting into canning again after years away from it. I think I need to update my skills this year.

  • Debbie_Bruening

    I’m getting more and more “back to the earth” and I would love to win the books! By the way….I read all of your posts and love your writing, subjects, pictures, adventures………

  • Erin O’Donnell

    I am new to canning and have become obsessed with it. I want to jam and jelly everything!

  • Mount Eden

    I am most interested in “Keeping Chickens” I have had my girls for 6 months but am always eager to learn more. Another one I am also interested in is the “Home Dairy”. My husband and I are looking into possibility getting a couple of goats in 2014 and that book would really come in handy.

  • Kristin

    We will be getting our first chickens in January so that book would be super helpful. Love your blog and thank you for the chance to win these great books.

  • Laurie

    I am planning on getting chickens in the spring. I would love the book on raising chickens. :)

  • Kindra R.

    I’ve already started canning but I would love to learn more tricks and tips on the art form for sure and beekeeping has always been a secret fantasy I’ve dreamed about. Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win.

    -Kindra R.
    seehorce (at) yahoo (dot) com

  • Janice Upton

    I would love to give these books to my son. He’s 27 and moving soon into his own home from an apartment. He would love to have chickens and the others would be lagniappe!

  • Kelly Guerin

    I follow you on Twitter! ToesandTomatoes

  • Kelly Guerin

    Keeping chickens is at the top of my list but next would be bee keeping… I’m totally fascinated with these books!!! :)

  • Kelly Marfuta

    These books look great! I started canning this year but would love to expand on that in the coming years. Also cannot wait to get some chickens! Thanks for the post.

  • Daedre Craig

    Beekeeping is the only homesteading skill on this list that I haven’t tried yet, so I’d love to learn more.

  • jeff ferriss

    Bees, bees, bees! I’ve had a hive for a season now and they are still with me but barely! These books would crank it up a notch or two! Please help my bees!

  • Allison

    I would be most interested in the beekeeping book.

  • Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere

    I’m super interested about dairy making. We’ve started making yogurt, and would like to get into more dairy!

  • Cary Bradley

    I’ve heard about Ashley English for a long time, but have not yet read any of her books. Thanks for the peeks at what looks like fun reads. I’d love to learn more about dairy-making and would love to start my adventure with her. Thanks for the offer! Happy Holidays to you, Linda!

  • Trish

    I would totally immerse myself in some of this!

  • Lindsay

    I’m already canning up a storm – so beekeeping is the next adventure that has caught my fancy.

  • kendyl

    These books look great! I would love to win them, but will probably buy them if I don’t!