Sweet Potato and Cranberry Scones with Brown Sugar Icing

Sweet Potato and Cranberry Scones with Brown Sugar Icing - Chew Nibble Nosh

I know that Thanksgiving dinner is a massive meal, and we don’t want to fill up too early, but you’ve still got to have something with your morning coffee, right?

These buttery, fall speckled little scones are the perfect way to start your holiday, and they can be made ahead or a lot of the prep can be done the night before, saving you some time in the morning.

To begin, I peeled and diced up two medium-sized sweet potatoes.

Sweet Potato and Cranberry Scones with Brown Sugar Icing - Chew Nibble Nosh 1

Sour Cream Pumpkin Pie – Cooking with McCormick

Sour Cream Pumpkin Pie - Chew Nibble Nosh

Thanksgiving is all about tradition.  From the turkey to the cranberries, the menu for the holiday is usually as set in stone as you can get.  Every year, though, I like to try to change up (at least) one little thing about my Thanksgiving dinner. And although people are often skeptical, me changing things up a bit has led to some new family favorites, that step in year after year as new traditions. This time around, I decided to try a new pumpkin pie recipe.

The Ultimate Herb Butter Roasted, Brined Turkey – #OXOTurkeyDay Giveaway!

Herb Butter Roasted Brined Turkey - Chew Nibble Nosh #OXOTurkeyDay

 This year, in honor of the upcoming holiday, OXO has asked me to share my ultimate turkey recipe with you, along with a fabulous giveaway of the most ultimate turkey tools a cook could ask for!  Keep an eye out for these amazing tools in the post, and then learn how YOU can win a set too! 

(Are you ready for a long post?  If not, go grab a snack.  I’ll wait.)

Pork Cutlets with Butternut Squash, Apple, and Cranberry Sauté

Pork Cutlets with Butternut Squash, Apple, and Cranberry Sauté - Chew Nibble Nosh

 You’ve got to love a meal that can help turn the “picky kid” tide.  Avery, my youngest daughter, claims that she hates pork.  That’s really a bummer, because the rest of us enjoy it, so when I have pork of any sort for dinner, she’s usually a little (or sometimes a lot) pouty.  She’s starting to step out of her comfort zone lately at dinner, and I couldn’t be happier!  If you have ever parented a picky eater, you know EXACTLY the happiness I’m talking about.  It really is one of the greatest parenting triumphs EVER.

Lentils with Smoked Sausage and Carrots

Lentils with Smoked Sausage and Carrots  - Chew Nibble Nosh

Picture it:  “Sicily, 1922…”  I’m kidding.  I couldn’t resist.

Let’s start again.  Picture it:  It’s a cold, dreary day.  That icky, gross, rainy, cold, mucky, windy, ick kind of day that we all hate going out in.  That was my yesterday.  When a truly gross day rolls around, I usually want comfort food for dinner.  Preferably, something warm and cozy.  This dinner was exactly that.  It’s not the prettiest meal to look at, I fully recognize that, but it sure was tasty.  Simple, homey, good for you…and both of my kids gobbled it up. (Which, if you’re a parent, you know is a miracle in itself.)

Slow Cooker Beef and Barley Soup with Rosemary

Slow Cooker Beef and Barley Soup with Rosemary 7 - Chew Nibble Nosh

I’ve made quite a few slow cooker meals over the years, and have found some pretty great ones (Chicken Tikka Masala and Chinese Pork being two of our favorites).  I’ve found some pretty awful ones too…which we will leave unnamed.  Sometimes, though, those great slow cooker meals take a few extra steps to make them that good.  I love when I run across one that consists of nothing more than throwing a bunch of good stuff in a slow cooker, walking away for a day, and coming home to a satisfying dinner.

Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Peanut Butter Banana Bread - Chew Nibble Nosh

It was a couple of hours before the kids came home from school.  I was cleaning up the kitchen, and noticed that the bananas hanging on my banana hook had seen better days.  You know the type, the brown, spotty, “Oops, we didn’t eat these quickly enough” bananas?  What do you do when life hands you brown bananas?  You bake banana bread!

I’d seen this recipe a while ago, and wanted to give it a try.  I love peanut butter and banana together, and I loved that this recipe (which I adapted from one I’d found in Cooking Light) had some healthier twists than the usual quick bread.

Sesame Chicken Stir Fry: Cooking with McCormick Skillet Sauces

Sesame Chicken Stir Fry - Cooking with McCormick Skillet Sauces  - Chew Nibble Nosh

It took a little while this year, but our after school craziness is officially in full swing.  I remember when my kids were younger, and parents of older kids were always telling me, “Just you wait.” when I’d remark on how busy their afternoons were.  Well, that time is here for me now, and it seems like I spend at least a chunk of many afternoons running someone around town.

On nights like that, I’m eager to find solutions to help ease the craziness, and help dinner get to the table quickly…because I know my busy bunch is hungry.

Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu with Lemon Zucchini Rice

Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu with Zucchini Lemon Rice  - Chew Nibble Nosh

This is one of those meals that I’ve made often over the years, but whenever I make it, I wonder why I don’t make it more often.  It’s an oldie, but a goodie, coming from a cookbook I’ve had since I got married.  My mom had the cookbook, made this meal and many others from it, and then got the cookbook for me before we moved into our first apartment.  I just looked at the copyright date and it came out the year after I graduated from high school.

Yikes.

Roasted Acorn Squash with Amaretto Brown Sugar Butter

Roasted Acorn Squash with Amaretto Brown Sugar Butter  - Chew Nibble Nosh

I love acorn squash.  I’m pretty partial to any squash in general, but I love to indulge in butternut and acorn squash in the fall, when the color or the squash matches the color of the leaves outside my window.  I have fond memories of my mom roasting some up with our dinner, and it always involved brown sugar and butter, which made it seem like a dessert vegetable when I was growing up.  She’d cut the squash in half, scoop out the seeds, and then fill the middles with brown sugar and butter, which would just sizzle and caramelize and sweeten up the squash as it baked.  Good stuff. It’s like comfort food to me.