I love the holidays! October is the start of the holiday season for me. It means pumpkin and cinnamon scents and getting to decorate the house. It means brisk nights and having the streets all aglow with lights. There’s just such a different kind of energy around this time of year. Normally it will start getting cooler, although it looks like this incredible heat wave we’ve been experiencing in Southern California won’t be ending anytime soon. With the changing of the weather and to get excited for the upcoming holidays, I like to do something a little different.
It started the year my husband and I got married. I wanted to start new traditions together, that one day we could do with our children as well. So I started doing a countdown to the holidays. Starting October 1st we count down to Halloween, then in November we count down to Thanksgiving, and then in December we count down to Christmas. It’s like an advent calendar for all the holidays. The things we do every day are simple, like drink hot chocolate, or watch a movie, I’ll share the countdown calendars with you in case you would like to try something similar, it really is a lot of fun! I can’t wait to share it with a child one day.
One of the things we do in October is have themed dinner nights. We make something that is perfect for the fall and full of delicious comfort foods! My favorite October recipe is the Cinnamon Apple Pork Chops. Each year I look to see what October recipes I can make and this is on our list to make every year, because it is so good! I found it in an All Recipes magazine the first year we did this and it is one of my all time favorite recipes.
Here is a link to the All Recipes website where you can find their recipe for the Cinnamon Apple Pork Chops. Although, to be honest, I barely ever follow a recipe especially after I’ve made something more than once. I make two to four pork chops and cook them in a pan. I then cut two apples, I don’t take the skin off because I like the skin, but you can. You can use any type of apples, I usually choose the green ones, the recipe just calls for tart apples. I then cook the apples in butter, cinnamon, and brown sugar until the apples are soft. And that’s it! It really is a super easy October Recipe and perfect for a themed dinner that you want to feel special without being a lot of work.
We normally make it with baked yams, because you can throw the apple cinnamon sauce over the pork chops and then also over the yam. It’s like dessert! But on this night we made it with a veggie bake, which is basically just a hodge podge of different veggies all thrown together. We made carrots, fresh corn, green beans, yams, zucchini, and squash. Just throw them all into a glass baking dish with some olive oil, garlic, and I toss on some garlic powder for extra flavor, then just bake at 350 until the veggies are soft, about an hour or so. We like to make this because we have left overs all week and you can use any veggies you want.
So there you have it! I really simple, easy, and fun October recipe that you can throw together to make any night of the week feel special and festive!