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Great kitchens, great recipes. When looking for a great recipe you must have a great kitchen to get them started! With the holidays steadily approaching this becomes even more important. In your opinion, what makes a great kitchen? We are in love with open spaces, large islands, big sinks, and plenty of storage.

111 Mansfield Parkway provides the homeowner with a spacious island with room for people to sit, a deep kitchen sink, a walk-in pantry, and room enough for a large dining table perfect for Thanksgiving dinner. We also love the fact that the oven is on your level! No bending over is needed here! While cooking Thanksgiving dinner, navigating around the kitchen can sometimes be a chore especially if you have been hosting people and have a small kitchen.

Fortunately, for the homeowner of 115 Hamilton Road that will never be an issue! The kitchen is in a “U” shape making it easy for someone to be in the refrigerator at the same time that someone is cooking on the stove. Navigating will be a breeze! The home also features a bar that is accessible from the kitchen as well as from the living room making communicating with your family easy as well. Having a kitchen with plenty of room, storage, organizing options makes cooking a large meal easy and maybe even fun for the whole family! With Thanksgiving steadily approaching, it is a good idea to start thinking about meals that would be fun for the whole family to get involved in! We put together a side dish recipe and a dessert recipe for you to make cooking in the kitchen a little more fun for everyone.

Creamy & Cheesy Au Gratin Potatoes


  • 6-7 medium Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • 1/2 white or yellow onion, cut into slices

For the Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 cups Almond Milk (regular milk will work as well)
  • 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

For the Topping:

  • 1/2 cup gruyere cheese
  • 1/4 cup parmesan


  1. Start by preheating the oven to 375° F. Spray a 2-quart square baking dish (8×12) with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Place sliced potatoes in three tight slanted rows. Be sure that the potatoes are not overly tight. Add in the onion slices in between the rows and on top of the potatoes.
  3. Make the sauce by adding your butter to a saucepan over medium heat. Once the butter is melted, whisk in a little bit of flour and then slowly add in the milk, a little bit at a time, alternating with the flour and vigorously whisking away lumps.
  4. Turn heat to low and stir in the shredded cheddar cheese, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  5. Pour sauce evenly over potatoes and onions to cover them.
  6. Cover the pan with foil and bake for 45 minutes.
  7. After 45 minutes, remove foil, sprinkle the top of potatoes with 1/2 cup shredded gruyere (or more cheddar) and ¼ cup parmesan. Return to the oven and bake for 30-45 more minutes or until potatoes are done and nice and golden brown on top. (Potatoes are done when the middle of the potatoes can be easily pierced with a fork.) Remove from the oven and garnish with fresh chopped parsley. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Spice Earthquake Cake


  • 1 Box Spice Cake Mix
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup canned Pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice

Cream Cheese Filling:

  • 8-ounce cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips


  1. Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Add the cake mix, pumpkin, eggs, water, oil, sugar, and pumpkin spice in a large mixing bowl. Mix with a hand mixer or whisk until the cake mix is incorporated.
  3. Pour the batter into the pan.
  4. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter.
  5. Beat the cream cheese with the melted butter with a hand mixer.
  6. Add in the powdered sugar and beat until well combined.
  7. Place spoonfuls of the cream cheese mixture all over the top of the cake mixture. Use a knife and gently swirl through the cream cheese.
  8. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top.
  9. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes.
  10. When done allow the cake to completely cool before cutting.

We hope you enjoy these recipes! For more recipes like these, check out our easy Thanksgiving Recipes on Pinterest!