Our backyard makeover!

About a year ago, we started dreaming up ideas of how we could redesign our very lackluster backyard. It was pretty much a blank slate, so the options were endless…. But our budget was not! We found out early on in our design process that landscaping can be very expensive! We met with a landscape+design company here in Austin, which was very eye opening! We were given a lot of great ideas and they created a functional design for our specific measurements/wants/needs. We knew we needed to do a lot of prep-work before implementing the landscaping, so we held off and saved our money. From gutters, to installing and plumbing the 3,000 gallon water tank, hired out for the patio extension, installed the sprinkler system, to finally laying sod. This project has been a long time in the making and we’re now starting to see our ideas come to fruition.

Our motivators were this:

  1. Walking around barefoot!!!
  2. Less dirt and mud. Our backyard was a nightmare after it rained.
  3. Prevent run off/erosion.

Last weekend kicked off our grass party ;) We ordered 18(!!!) pallets of Zoysia grass from The Grass Outlet and they were delivered bright and early Saturday morning at 6:30 am. The grass outlet had the best price, quick delivery and the grass was super fresh. We were really pleased with their service! We had a two truck loads of soil delivered that Friday and rented a bobcat Saturday morning. By 7am, we were ready to get started. The first day always seems to start slow, but we managed to spread about 1/3 of the dirt and lay 6 pallets of sod. Sunday was MUCH more productive and LONG! Thankfully we found a young man on craigslist, which was monumental. We were able to lay the rest of the 12 pallets and still had area to cover at the end of the day. We ordered one more pallet for the backyard and Scott was able to finish over the weekend. During the process of using the bobcat, the front yard got pretty tore up. We went ahead and ordered 6 more pallets of bermuda to finish off the front. I’m thinking of adding a couple of plants as we go, but for the most part, our backyard is set! We’re loving our new yard and GRASS!!!

Ames came out to help us for a couple of hours on Saturday

Egg, sausage & veggie mini quiche muffins

I was in need of something healthy, quick, and packed with protein when I came up with these little quiches. My trainer is always saying protein, protein, protein after a workout and knew my regular bag of dried cereal and yogurt in the morning just wasn’t cutting it in the protein dept. After my morning workouts, I am starving! I eat two of these along with oatmeal and a small yogurt and I’m finally feeling full and satisfied after this hearty breakfast.


  • 8 eggs lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¾ cup shredded cheese
  • ~ 1 tsp salt/pepper
  • Meat of choice. I used 9 oz precooked pork sausage. turkey sausage available too.
  • Veggies: you pick! Spinach, chopped onion, green onion, bell pepper, sundried tomatoes, etc.


  1. Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, mix together eggs, milk, cheese, salt/pepper. Set aside. Heat butter or olive oil in a skillet and sauté veggies until tender. Combine veggies and sausage with egg mixture.
  2. Spray muffin pan to prevent sticking. Evenly distribute mixture into muffin pan. Bake for about 20-30 minutes until eggs are set.

*Tip: Use butter knife to pop the quiches out of the muffin pan as they’re cooling.