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Remind me to never attempt baking while Henry does pull ups on my yoga pants. Measuring is impossible, and this is the result:


Dang. My Pancake Truffles (absolutely my favorite recipe of all time) were supposed to look like this:

Yeah. Not so much. On a brighter note, they were still delicious and tasty!  Pretty much tasted the same as pretty Pancake Truffles.


While I was checking emails, I heard a BUZZ BUZZ.  I ran to the backyard and saw this!  We recently hired some landscape people to redo the backyard.


I am pretty thankful that we decided to go the professional route. Our backyard is just beyond what we can handle.  Remember last year, when we cleared it out and seeded the yard in hopes that grass would grow?  I looked like this afterwards:

gardening while pregnant

I said, “If this grass dies, then we are hiring a professional.”  And it did, so we did.  We are getting about 25 trees removed, the deck extended by 10 feet, and new dirt hauled in so we can lay sod and have a nice, flat area.  We are SO pumped.  It should be done by Monday at the latest.


This is my favorite kind of landscaping work… You know, the kind I watch from my kitchen window. Winking smile



  • Eileen March 19, 2013, 8:51 am

    Hi Caitlin. I’m in Raleigh and our backyard look similar to yours. We’ve been in this house a long time, and the trees have grown up and provide too much shade. Now our 1 year old dog has gotten back there and with all this rain it resembles a mud pit. So we’ve been thinking about doing the same — hiring professionals. I have a question. Can they lay sod in the spring? We have fescue and I know that seeding is in the fall, but I’m wondering (hoping) that sod can be laid in the spring.

    • Caitlin March 20, 2013, 9:12 am

      Yup they can lay sod in the spring or fall.

  • Allison March 19, 2013, 9:25 am

    Those pancake truffles actually look really good, haha! I’m glad you got professionals to work with..makes life just a little bit easier 🙂

  • rebecca @ blueberry smiles March 19, 2013, 9:54 am

    It will be so nice to have a finished backyard or the late spring/summer! Well worth the money for professionals….looking forward to seeing the finished product

  • sara @ fitcupcaker March 19, 2013, 9:54 am

    haha, i need someone to come redo my whole back yard, the dogs have turned it into a mud pitt! That breakfast still looks amazing to me!

  • Emily March 19, 2013, 9:58 am

    Professional yard work is the way to go! Our backyard is currently a swamp, which of pup LOVES! We are just waiting for the weather to break before we can reseed. Fingers crossed we have better success this time. I’m getting tired of giving Bentley a bath every time he has to go outside 😉

    Can’t wait to see the end result!

  • Sarah @ Yogi in Action March 19, 2013, 10:33 am

    Hey- the fact that you still made pancake truffles for breakfast on a Tuesday is impressive enough, no matter how they turned out.

    Congrats on the professional landscapers- it’s definitely nice when someone else does the crappy work for you. Can’t wait to see the “after” pictures.

  • Rachel March 19, 2013, 10:47 am

    I’m glad we don’t have a yard right now to worry about because we really couldn’t afford to get yard work done, haha. That’s awesome that you guys are able to do that!

  • Sarah March 19, 2013, 11:19 am

    Just remember to water and fertilize your sod according to the landscaper’s instructions or it will die just like your little seedlings. Getting grass established is hard work for the first couple of years. Good luck! It will be so worth it in the end!

  • Theresa March 19, 2013, 12:13 pm

    Awesome! Henry is going to LOVE running around out there all summer! We finally moved from a flat to a proper house with a big yard… I’m so excited to “kick” my kid out to the yard to play soon… That’s if the snow ever goes away :/

  • Amy March 19, 2013, 12:51 pm

    Caitlin, do you mind telling me who you’re using? We’re trying to find a good landscaping company in CLT do re-seed our backyard. Thank you!

    • Caitlin March 20, 2013, 9:12 am

      Hi Amy – I will do a post about the company if they do a good job!

  • Jolene (Homespun Heritage) March 19, 2013, 2:10 pm

    While I enjoy doing the work of home projects I do not enjoy doing certain projects or having my husband do them…if I could I would hire out tile work, drywall and painting and definitely landscaping! With 7 kiddos running (and crawling) around this summer I could use some help with the landscaping….er…lack there of!

  • Julie March 19, 2013, 5:04 pm

    Ha ha! That’s def my fave kind of landscaping work, too! Better than my neighbors watching from THEIR windows & shaking their heads at whatever disaster I’m creating in my yard this time (at least that’s what I always imagine). 😉

  • Catherine @ A Two Storey Home March 19, 2013, 5:31 pm

    Ahhh the back yard is going to be awesome! We are working on ours right now… one small step at a time. It’s kind of a mess, but we are enjoying it! Can’t wait to see what yours looks like when all is complete!

  • Angela March 19, 2013, 5:32 pm

    Wow!! That will be so nice for the summer, you guys can just hang out on the big deck all day! 🙂

  • Reenielou March 20, 2013, 12:04 am

    Oh wow…..can’t wait to see it.

  • Ashlee@HisnHers March 20, 2013, 10:04 am

    Awesome!! I like to sit back and watch my hubby do the hard stuff 😉

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed March 20, 2013, 11:10 am

    Ugh… we have some major yard work to do this weekend. Praying for nice weather!

  • Jelena@FabLifePhD March 20, 2013, 6:38 pm

    My boyfriend’s mom is accountant and he had a landscape guy that did not pay her favors in a while. In the end that made an arangement that he does their yard instead of paying it. My, what a difference, it turned out muddy pond into green grass and some lovely bushes. This was 3 years ago, and it still looks amazing, even though my father in law cuts it since then.

  • Lori March 22, 2013, 1:12 pm

    look forward to the after pics! maybe i’ll get inspired to do something w/our pathetic yard 🙂

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