Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Guest Blogger: Feed One Another

Hi friends!

Happy Tuesday!  I'm a guest blogger on Cumberland Community Church's daily devotional blog, Feed One Another.  Go check it out... just excuse the spacing issues.  HA!

Hope everyone is having a great day.  Talk soon, friends!

Brandi Nell

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Love Day

Hope y'all have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

My Valentine and I

Love y'all!

Brandi Nell (and Hubs)

Friday, February 10, 2012

Recipe: Basil and Avocado Pasta

Hi friends!  YAY for the weekend!

I wanted to share with you one of my very favorite dishes these days, Basil and Avocado Pasta.  I could eat this stuff for every meal. It is so easy to make, and is absolutely delicious. I found THIS version over at Oh She Glows, which is a Vegan Blog.  I, however, am NOT vegan, so I adapted it a bit.   

What you need:
1. Linguini Pasta - however much you need for your family
2. 2 medium sized avocados, pitted
3. Fresh Basil leaves, to taste - I use about a 1/4 of a cup
4. 1/2 Lemon, juiced
5. 1-2 Garlic cloves, to taste
6. 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
7. Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
8. Shredded chicken
9. Grape tomatoes

What you do:
1. Prepare your noodles as normal
2. Take the avocado, EVOO, garlic, basil leaves, and  lemon juice and  into a blender on medium (or food processor). 
3. Drain noodles and put them in a large mixing bowl
4. Pour avocado concoction over noodles and toss.  Coat the noodles completely.
5. Add shredded chicken and grape tomatoes
6. Garnish with additional basil leaves

I've seen some variations on Pinterest that include pine nuts.  I don't care for them, but I am sure it would be a great addition.  

This meal takes a total of fifteen minutes to make.  It is really easy and delicious.  Hope you enjoy! Hope you have a fantastic weekend, friends!  Talk soon!

Brandi Nell

Monday, February 6, 2012

Half Marathon Monday: WE DID IT

HUZZAH!  We did it!  We completed the Critz Tybee Half Marathon... 13.1 miles.  This is the last installment of Half Marathon Mondays (well, for a while).

Thanks to the fabulous Victoria over at Victoria Runs and Jessica VanLanduyt (my two running mentors) for all of their advice over the last few weeks. I was so nervous with Hubs' IT band injury, that he wouldn't be able to run on Saturday.  Because of Victoria's expert advice (and an awesome compression knee wrap), Hubs was able to run along side of me. YAY! There is no way I could have done it without him.

It was a gorgeous, 65 degree day on Tybee Island.  We couldn't have asked for a better day to run. And you can't beat this view.

We went down with our friends, Colleen, Brian, Meghan, and Trent.  It was so much fun to accomplish such an amazing feat along side of them.

The group prior to the start of the race

Colleen and I - yes, I am obvs excited/nervous
This was Colleen and Brian's first half as well.  Trent and Meghan had completed two other half marathons prior to this one. 

[side note: Trent and Meghan did not train for Saturday, and they still finished in crazy, amazing time.  I am convinced they are freaks of nature... or robots]

Hubs and I made shirts for the day! They were Nike Dri-fit shirts that we made to see "Mr. Wiggles" and "Mrs. Wiggles."

We ran with 1,000 others, aging from 9 years old to 99... really, 99 years old.

I still can't believe that a year ago, I couldn't run a quarter of a mile.  Now - look at us!  Woo Hooo!

We were so ecstatic that we did it.  And we LOVED our medals!

 We went out on the beach afterward.  Luckily, a nice lady agreed to take a group shot of us.

Afterward, we headed to scarf down some pizza, beer and other carbs.  I am almost positive that we devoured all of the calories we burned.  HA!  

It was an amazing day for sure.  This is definitely one of the best things I have ever done.  It's official, we are addicted.  We will definitely be doing another one in the future.  With that being said, we definitely need to rest for a while.  HA!  I want to thank you all for your support and encouragement.  My twitter/blogger family has been so wonderful on this journey.  

Can't wait to start writing about other things again!  My house needs some work.  Stay tuned.  Talk soon, friends!

Brandi Nell

Saturday, February 4, 2012


Yep. We did 13.1 miles! More to come on Monday!