An easy side dish and a blogger meet-up!

Hi, everybody!  Hope you’re having a good week!  Mine has been filled with my three favorite things: friends, family, and food! Winking smile

This past Monday, I participated in a local “Miracle Meal,” in which a Christmas dinner is served to local families in need.

A ton of churches and other organizations participated.  Many of us cooked and delivered dishes for the meal, and then stayed to help serve.  It was a great experience, and I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to be a part of such a special event!

For the dinner, I made a tasty corn casserole.  If you’re looking for a super easy side dish that could be modified in probably a million ways (ex: adding bacon, onion, or diced green chilies), this casserole is a good one to try!


Corn Casserole

Modified from this Paula Deen recipe

Serves about 8


  • 1 (15 1/4-ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 (14 3/4-ounce) can cream-style corn
  • 1 (8-ounce) package corn muffin mix, such as Jiffy
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 stick salted butter, melted
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a big bowl, stir together the corn, corn muffin mix, sour cream, melted butter, salt, pepper, and cheese. Pour into a greased 9 by 13-inch casserole dish.
  • Bake for 45 minutes, or until golden brown.


Since this dish wasn’t for me, I couldn’t exactly take a big hunk out of it to see what it tasted like.


I did, however, remove just a teeny-weeny bit … just to make sure it was edible.  And it most definitely was. Winking smile


Following the Miracle Meal on Monday, Tuesday was another special day.  Brandon’s brother (Matt) and his family are in town for the holidays, so we had a “double date” with Matt and Christi on Tuesday night! Thumbs up


(That picture is from the wedding.  Matt doesn’t normally wear a tux to get Mexican. Winking smile)

It was the first night ever that the four of us had gone out to dinner without kids or other family members, and we just had a great time chatting and laughing over margaritas. Smile


Then on Thursday, I had the opportunity to meet one of my favorite bloggers!


Lindsay and I have been blogging buddies since we both started our blogs this past summer.  I love her blog because she’s incredibly relatable, plus she gives some awesome workout advice (among many other things!).

So imagine how thrilled I was to discover that she is even nicer, friendlier, and more gorgeous than she appears on her blog!  Who would have thought that was possible??

We met at Panera and talked for over an hour and a half.  We probably could have talked for much longer, if we didn’t both have lives to get back to! Smile with tongue out

Lindsay, you’re awesome.  Can’t wait for our next meet up!

And P.S. Brittany and Ashley, we’ve decided that next time you need to fly in for the occasion. Winking smile

Question for ya …

Ever had a blogger meet-up??  Or perhaps a meet-up with someone you only previously knew via the phone or internet?

Brandon and I were actually friends through email and phone calls for several months before meeting in person.  And now look where we are!!  Crazy! Red heart

What’s your favorite holiday side dish?

Oh, and one more thing …


nativity Pictures, Images and Photos

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25 Responses to An easy side dish and a blogger meet-up!

  1. Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health

    Aw thank you so much Kristen!! I had such a great time yesterday :D . And totally agree that Brittany and Ashley should fly in for a meetup haha. I’m impressed that you only took a small bite of that casserole…I probably would have wanted to keep the whole thing for myself :P . I hope you have a fantastic holiday weekend!!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Merry Christmas to you, too, Lindsay!! :)

  2. Amy DeBlasio

    What a wonderful experience!!!
    So so cool to actually meet your blog buddy :)
    My fav side is my mamas baked pineapple

    Merry Merry Christmas to yours!!

    • notsodomesticated

      Oooh baked pineapple sounds amazing! Merry Christmas, Amy!!

  3. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance

    Haha Aw!!! I just commented on Lindsay’s blog that I was trying to telepathically attend the meetup by having lunch at Panera yesterday too! Maybe next time flying in would be a better option :D

    So here’s the plan– the plane can fly allll the way down to south Florida to pick me up, then the pilot and I will head west for Ashley, then up to you guys. Perfect plan!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Here’s a better plan. The plane will pick up Ashley first, then me and Lindsay … and we’ll all come down to Florida to meet you haha! :) I’m pretty sure you don’t want to visit Ohio! ;)

  4. Christi McGuire

    What? We ALWAYS dress like that when we go out! Especially in Lima, Ohio!! LOL :)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Oh of course. But Matt usually prefers tails with his tux! ;)

  5. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean

    SO jealous that you guys got to meet up!!!
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    • notsodomesticated

      You need to join us next time!! Seriously! I should have contacted you … I don’t know what I was thinking! Duh! Two “Lindsays” in one day would have been awesome! ;)

  6. Tiff

    I like corn, and I loooove casseroles. Yet I’ve never had a corn casserole. This needs to change! haha
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  7. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries

    your corn casserole looks delicious! haha i totally would’ve nibbled off the corner too. ;)

    ohh i so wish brittany and i could be there for your’s and linday’s meetup! i’m so glad you enjoyed each other’s company. :) i love all 3 of you girls!

    merry christmas kristen! :)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Merry Christmas to you, too, Ashley!! :)

  8. Kat

    no blogger meet up for me yet, but I am hoping for one some day!! I dont have many girlfriends (ok I actually only have 1) so it would be nice to meet up with some women who share my same views on food!!
    Kat recently posted..Fear of the holidaysMy Profile

    • notsodomesticated

      I’d LOVE to meet up with you, Kat! I think we’d have a lot to talk about. :) Merry Christmas to you!!

  9. Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy

    I’ve never done a blogger meet-up, but it looks like fun! I don’t really know any other bloggers that live in Indiana!

  10. Cinnamon @ eatpraytri

    so awesome that you got to meet up with someone! What a fun holiday treat! And that corn casserole looks delish. I was thinking I needed another side for Christmas dinner and that might actually be the winner!!
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  11. Holly

    Merry Christmas pretty lady! Sorry I have not been commenting as usual…I haven’t been commenting on any blogs actually…but I just wanted to say HI & that I hope you have a wonderful holiday :)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Aww Hi Holly!! :) Lindsay and I were talking about you during our blogger meet-up! We said we missed you! Hope you’re having a very Merry Christmas!!

  12. Tessa @ Amazing Asset

    I love Lindsay… that is so fantastic you were able to meet her! And thank you for this side dish too… looks wonderful Kristin!
    Have a glorious weekend!
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  13. Sarah

    Cute outfit! I’m glad you clarified on the wedding vs. regular life picture – my first thought was “where on earth did you guys go for your double date?!”
    Sarah recently posted..Happy Short WeekMy Profile

    • notsodomesticated

      Oh yeah … we keep it classy in Wapakoneta, Ohio!! ;)

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