Thanksgiving Dinnerware & Table Décor Ideas

What’s your favorite thing about Thanksgiving? Is it the cozy, comforting spices, like nutmeg, cardamom and anise, blended together into your favorite beverages, desserts and dishes? Or is it the warmth of those Thanksgiving dinnerware décor colors — muted sages, golden yellows, brilliant crimsons — that are incorporated into styles that range from whimsical to traditional? From everyday meals as a family to large Thanksgiving meal gatherings, we love a good opportunity to spice up a tabletop with festive colors, designs and goodies that will help you make the most of your memories together.

Thanksgiving Dinnerware and Tabletop Décor Ideas

Thanks to Miles Kimball, your fall and Thanksgiving dinnerware tabletop décor options have never been easier. We offer a fantastic selection of Thanksgiving dinnerware and fall items that will dress up everything from your dining room table to your landscaping. We’ve brought together some Thanksgiving holiday table tips and tricks, so you brighten these spaces up quickly and easily and add some fun to your dinner. You can even enlist your smallest family members to participate in dressing your family’s Thanksgiving Day table. Read on for some tips to make this year’s Thanksgiving dinner your family’s most memorable!

Choose Fun, Functional Thanksgiving Table Covers

There’s something appealing about fully draping your dining room table in the colors of the season. These Thanksgiving-inspired table covers and colorful tablecloths also pull double duty: they not only look great and add a simple, all-in-one décor option, they also help protect your table from everyday wear, spills and mishaps. Choose a waterproof, durable Thanksgiving tablecloth that has a soft cotton fabric back that will help keep your table in top shape, preventing scratches, indentations and moisture damage. Bonus: When you incorporate an autumn-inspired tablecloth to your Thanksgiving tabletop décor, cleanup is super-quick and easy.

From drop tablecloths and table covers in multiple shapes and sizes to our ultra-convenient Falling Leaves Blessings elasticized tablecloth that has elastic edging for non-slip security, our effortless décor items take only an instant to swap out for each occasion. Choose a high-quality table cover that is warm and inviting. With our selection of tablecloths and table covers at Miles Kimball, you have a great choice of patterns, designs and colors that will add so much to your table.

Thanksgiving Kitchen Essentials

There’s nothing like the Thanksgiving main course, of course. Thanksgiving is a time to bring out your family’s favorite culinary traditions to be enjoyed by all generations. What’s your favorite Thanksgiving Day treat? Is it your grandma’s sweet potato pie? Mashed potatoes? Turkey or ham? Luckily, Miles Kimball has the kitchen essentials that will help create these items. Need measuring spoons, liquid and dry measuring cups or cooking aprons? What about glassware, dinnerware sets or silverware? Miles Kimball has the kitchen must-haves to create a spectacular Thanksgiving meal that your entire family will be talking about for years to come. Don’t forget to shop our food and candy selections for everything from appetizers to after-dinner drinks for the kids. Shop here for cheese spread, caramel candy, coconut macaroons and hot chocolate. Yum!

Thanksgiving Table Décor

With so many options in Thanksgiving décor options available today, creating a festive Thanksgiving tabletop has never been easier. Shop the traditional tabletop finds and add some of Miles Kimball’s favorites, such as William Roberts designs, tabletop must-haves and special occasion add-ons (like our acrylic leaf-shaped gems) that will add an extra-special touch to your Thanksgiving décor. Love the look of fall flowers yet don’t like the mess or the upkeep of fresh flowers? Decorating with the colorful look of mums is easy and hypoallergenic when you use our artificial mum bush by Oakridge™ to add instant color to your Thanksgiving table. (This is also a great option for those who cannot tolerate fresh flowers because of allergies.)

Our artificial mums are available in some of the season’s most vibrant colors, such as gold, rust, yellow, cream and purple. Add these realistic-looking artificial flowers to our personalized “Grateful, Thankful, Blessed” wooden planter box for a rustic centerpiece. These lovely mums can also be added to one of our personalized stoneware crocks. Check out our other unique Thanksgiving accessories that feature the delightful scenes of the season, available at Miles Kimball.

A Family Affair: Thanksgiving DIY Tabletop

Incorporate some fun finds from your kids’ nature walks to your Thanksgiving tabletop décor. Take advantage of fall’s rustic décor options by leaving the decorating task to the littles of your family. Send them outside with bowls and buckets to collect pretty pinecones. These lovely textured pieces can be left au naturale; they can also be spray painted (with an adult’s help, of course) gold for a tabletop centerpiece addition that is guaranteed to pop. Kids also love collecting colorful maple leaves, acorns, fallen magnolia pods or other nature-inspired finds from their neighborhoods. You can even find good (and great smelling) decorating options in your pantry (think cinnamon sticks and anise stars). For a super-simple minimalist lighted centerpiece option, have children collect sticks and other downed branches. Tie them together with a piece of raffia and add them to a clear glass centerpiece vase, along with some battery-operated string lights, for a delightful, easy piece.

Unique Thanksgiving Tabletop Décor

Since 1935, Miles Kimball has been dedicated to bringing you charming, nostalgic and unique décor items that will set the tone for your holidays. We’ve been part of the Thanksgiving dinnerware and décor tradition for American families for decades, and we’re proud to offer the best selection of essential home products and décor. We’re all for making memories throughout the entire year. Stop back often to get ideas for your home, décor and other special family times at Kimball Corner.

Do you have a special family Thanksgiving meal or décor tradition? Leave a comment below to let us know something your family does to make Thanksgiving memorable!

Top 7 Thanksgiving Kitchen Gadgets

The holidays are the time of the year when you can flex those culinary muscles. Thanksgiving is your chance to shine: bring out those family-favorite recipes, both new and old. It’s a time for traditions — for both those old-fashioned traditions as well as newly created traditions. Regardless of the details, the highlight of Thanksgiving is often the food. Thanksgiving is the time to add those sweet details to savory dishes (cranberries or raisins in stuffing, anyone?) and to experiment with cool kitchen gadgets that make your life easier. Let’s get ready. Incorporate some of your favorite Thanksgiving and fall home décor, create a welcoming table and let’s talk about some fantastic kitchen gadgets that no kitchen should be without this Thanksgiving holiday.

Miles Kimball’s Top 7 Picks for the Must-Have Gadgets for This Thanksgiving

#1: A Quality Baster

Whether you’re a turkey fanatic or opt for ham, no kitchen should be without a high-quality baster. Our Chef’s Pride multi-function turkey and barbeque baster set comes within everything you need to keep those meats juicy. Are you a baster? A brusher? A flavor-infuser? Whatever your method is for maintaining that optimal flavor and tenderness during cooking, this baster set has what you need to create something amazing. One of the biggest woes about basters is their cleaning. No worries — this baster set comes with its own cleaning brush, so you can maintain cleanliness without hassle.

#2: A Marble Cheese Slicer

Appetizers are the mainstay of every holiday home. And who doesn’t like cheese? Everyone knows that those store-bought cheese trays are at least twice as expensive than buying blocks of cheese and doing it yourself. Those store-made options also can be quite boring. With your own marble cheese slicer, you can incorporate gourmet cheeses and meats into your finger foods. Cut your own gouda, asiago, experiment with cheddars, add some brie and some blue cheese. Then, throw on some almonds, Greek olives, figs, jellies and crostini. Voila. You’ll have an epic charcuterie tray and cheese board that will be the highlight of your Thanksgiving get-together.

#3: My Favorite™ Knife

Who doesn’t struggle when cutting and serving? (With Thanksgiving dinner, as you know, there’s a heck of a lot of cutting and serving.) Whether you’re cutting pies, cakes, bars, lasagna or meatloaf, My Favorite Knife will get the job done. This knife is not too big, not too small and will get into the sides of your pans with almost zero effort. Best of all? My Favorite Knife won’t scratch your non-stick pans and is heat-resistant up to 410°F.

#4: Bamboo Toast Tongs

Think these bamboo toast tongs are only for your morning toast? Think again. Although they’re fantastic for safely removing hot toast from your toaster, they’re also fantastic for serving your breads, cheeses and other foods during Thanksgiving dinner. They allow you to take one piece of bread — without the use of fingers (something that’s extra important now when we are so conscious about spreading germs.). Avoid hands and fingers touching food with this bamboo toast tong — purchase several for multiple platters. These bamboo toast tongs are also ideal to use on your charcuterie tray and cheese board (see above).

#5: Clever Food Preservers

Thanksgiving means baking (duh). With all that baking, however, comes those half-used bags of staples, such as flour and sugar. We all know that the packaging these items come in do little to keep out moisture, humidity and (eeek.) sometimes bugs. Check out our super-clever food preservers and ingenious food storage items — all which are particularly helpful around the holidays. Check out our flour and sugar keepers, pie keepers, bread keepers, bun keepers, deviled egg keepers and square and round cracker keepers. Looking for an interesting way to keep your brown sugar free from those gross dried-up clumps? Check out our set of two brown sugar preservers, made from all-natural terra cotta.

#6: Three-Piece Cooling Rack

Still looking for a good cooling rack? How about three? These stackable three-piece cooling racks make the most out of your counterspace when you’re making those gingersnap cookies for Thanksgiving dessert. They’re also great to use while making those famous Christmas cookies of yours. There will be plenty of room for those cookies to completely cool so you can move on with your family’s cookie decorating tradition.

#7: Jadite “Drippings” Bowl with Lid

Does anyone really know what to do with meat drippings? You can’t pour them down the sink and dumping them into the trash makes a huge mess. As grandma used to say: “A place for everything, and everything in its place.” We think this is ideal for drippings, as well. Whether you’re a bacon grease saver or need a secure, lidded place to drain your hamburger, this jadite drippings bowl with a lid by Home Marketplace is the perfect place to put them. You can then allow them to cool so they can be disposed up properly at a later time.

Miles Kimball for All Your Kitchen Helpers

Miles Kimball has a ton of cool kitchen gadgets that make your holiday cooking ventures easier, including measuring spoons, liquid measuring cups, cooking aprons, microwave egg cookers and dinnerware sets. From kitchen linens, towels and kitchen chair cushions to cookbooks and instant pot cookbooks, we have everything you need for a well-stocked kitchen — all throughout the year.

Fall Muffin Recipes for a Festive Breakfast

Think that muffins should only be whipped up on special occasions? At Kimball Corner, we’re here to challenge you on that. Why are you saving your best muffin recipes for special occasions like Christmas morning, Thanksgiving morning or Easter? Fall-inspired muffins can be a delightful addition to any morning. Really. Manic Mondays, anyone? Fabulous Fridays? Someone — anyone — please make something good about Tuesdays. These delicious treats add a specialness to mornings and make them marvelous.

Fabulous Fall Muffin Recipes

Miles Kimball and Kimball Corner have some fall muffin recipes here that will make you want to create these goodies any day of the week. From their autumnal additions (like nuts, maple, apples, pumpkin or cranberries) to their good-smelling spice add-ins (like cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg), there’s no other place you’ll rather be than in your cozy, great-smelling kitchen when you’re baking these treats. Keep reading for three of our favorite fall muffin recipes.

(Hint: These favorite fall muffin recipes can be mixed up the evening ahead…all that’s left for you to do in the morning is to pour the batter into a muffin tin, bake and serve. An even better idea? Muffins are awesome to heat and reheat; make several batches of your family’s favorite fall muffin recipes and spring them out to make an ordinary morning extraordinary. Enjoy.)

Recipe #1: Fabulous Fall Muffins

Diced apples? Cranberries? Cinnamon? Yes, please. These easy-to-make fall muffins are full of autumnal goodness.

Ingredients

3 cups flour

¾ cup light brown sugar

¾ cup white sugar

½ teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

½ teaspoon cardamom

1 tablespoon Watkins’ Baking Vanilla Extract

1 cup butter, melted

2 large eggs

1 ¼ cups milk

1 cup chopped cranberries

1 peeled, cored and diced apple

1 cup chopped walnuts OR chopped pecans (optional)

Directions

Preheat your oven to 375° F.

Grease your muffin tin or add some decorative paper muffin liners to a tin. Mini muffin tins can also be used for bite-size size treats. Looking for something different? Consider a mini loaf pan.

Now is the time to core and peel your apple, either by hand or with an apple peeler corer/slicer. Cut the apple into small pieces. Set aside.

In a large bowl, stir the dry ingredients together: brown sugar, white sugar, baking powder, baking soda, flour, salt, cinnamon, vanilla, cardamom, ginger and cinnamon.

Add wet ingredients: melted butter, eggs and milk.

Stir until all ingredients are well blended and smooth.

Add your cranberries and apples.

Add the batter to your muffin tins with our Easy Portion cupcake batter scoop. The cups should be about ¾ full.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Recipe #2: Mouthwatering Pumpkin Muffins

What’s more “fall” than pumpkin muffins? They go with coffee, with tea or with a big glass of milk. They’re the epitome of fall. Here is our go-to pumpkin muffin recipe.

Ingredients

1 ¾ cups flour

1 cup white sugar

½ cup dark brown sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

¼ teaspoon ground cloves

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon Watkins Baking Vanilla Extract

½ cup oil (applesauce can be substituted for oil)

1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree

2 eggs

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 375° F.

Grease your muffin pan, your mini muffin pan, your mini loaf pan or gather your paper muffin liners and place them in your muffin pan.

Measure the dry ingredients: white sugar, brown sugar, flour, soda, salt and spices. Stir them together.

Add the wet ingredients: vanilla, oil, pumpkin and eggs.

Stir everything together; avoid over stirring.

Add the batter to your pans using our Easy Portion cupcake batter scoop.

Bake your muffins for 20-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into one muffin comes out clean.

Recipe #3: Pecan Maple Muffins

Maple syrup? Pecans? Count us in. This fall-inspired muffin recipe is a delightful addition to teatime, breakfast or lunches.

Ingredients

1 cup chopped pecans

1 cup white sugar

2 ½ cup flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

¾ cup maple syrup

1 cup buttermilk*

4 tablespoons butter, melted

1 tablespoon Watkins Baking Vanilla Extract

*No buttermilk on hand? No problem. Add one tablespoon of cider vinegar (or lemon juice) to your measuring cup, then fill it with regular white milk. Let set while you prepare the dry ingredients. It will curdle a bit. This can be substituted for buttermilk in any recipe that calls for it.

Directions

Preheat your oven to 350° F.

Grease your muffin tins, mini loaf pans, mini muffin tins or add your paper muffin liners to your tin.

Add dry ingredients: chopped pecans, white sugar, flour, baking powder and salt.

Stir together lightly.

Next, add your wet ingredients: vanilla, butter, buttermilk and maple syrup.

Mix dry and wet ingredients together.

Add the batter into your muffin tins with our Easy Portion cupcake batter scoop.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the top of the muffins are slightly golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Turn your broiler on high and broil for one minute. This gives the tops of your muffins a little crunch.

A Festive Fall Muffin Tradition

While we’re heading into the holiday season, take a moment to consider whether or not you’re ready with a well-stocked kitchen. Miles Kimball has everything you need to cook and bake until your heart’s content (or when your family’s tummies are full). Be sure to check out the Kitchen department at Miles Kimball for everything you need to be successful in your kitchen endeavors this fall-into-winter season. From bakeware and cookware to cool kitchen gadgets and kitchen organization and storage, there is something here for everyone.

Make fall mornings your time to shine. Incorporate these fall muffin recipes into your family’s morning throughout the fall season and let us know how they turn out.

Trick or Treat: Outdoor Halloween Decoration Ideas

Happy Howl-O-Ween!

From its candy and its food to its outdoor decorations, costumes and décor, it’s no secret that Halloween continues to rise in popularity. Billions of dollars are spent on Halloween goodies every year. Americans clearly know how to eat, drink and be scary!

Creep it Real

Halloween’s popularity shows no sign in slowing down, and why should it? October 31 is the time of the year to express yourself, to come as you aren’t, to have some fun and to apply your creepy creativity to some outdoor spaces. Outdoor Halloween décor is easy with today’s pre-lit, whimsical and super-fun outdoor décor. Both kids and adults can get into the spook-tastic fun: Halloween is created for both the young — and the young at heart. Whether you’re bone to be wild and love your outdoor skeletons or you’re the ghostest with the mostest and love to shake your boo-ty, you’ll find some something totally awesome at Miles Kimball’s Halloween store. Below, we’ve featured some of our favorite Halloween décor and outdoor décor items that will turn the heads of neighbors and make you the talk of your town.

Light-Up Halloween Flair

When it comes to outdoor Halloween items, nothing is easier than pre-lit Halloween décor items that are just your (blood) type. If you like the look of whimsical, pre-lit holiday décor, you love the glow that these charming designs with mini lights will provide when placed in a window. All that is needed is a nearby electrical outlet and/or an extension cord for instant Halloween décor. Choose between our Black Cat and Moon Light, our charming Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin Light or our batty “Happy Halloween” Shimmer Light.

DIY Halloween Lighting: Pumpkin Carving

Prefer DIY Outdoor Halloween lighting? You can’t get much easier (or classic) than pumpkin carving — which is the quintessential outdoor Halloween décor. Pumpkin carving has been the go-to family friendly activity for decades and allows you to be as traditional — or as unique — as you want. Whether you opt for a simple, smiling jack-o’-lantern or you spend hours creating an intricate, funny or scary scene, this staple outdoor Halloween decoration offers you hours of fun — not to mention tasty pumpkin seeds to be shared with the family.

Consider a scarecrow-themed lighted jack-o’-lantern: “sew” your pumpkin’s mouth up with twine. Turn the traditional pumpkin-carving on its head and use the “stem” of your pumpkin as your jack-o’-lantern’s nose, cutting a silly or a traditional smiling mouth below and triangle eyes above the stem. Pay homage to your four-legged furry friends by carving cat or dog paw silhouettes into your pumpkin. Want a super-easy outdoor pumpkin decoration that takes mere minutes to create? Consider spray painting multiple sizes of pumpkins and gourds gold metallic, black, silver or white and arranging them on your porch steps, patio or landscaping areas. When it comes to outdoor décor, it’s best to go big or gourd home!

Take a Gander at Outdoor Halloween Goose Decor

Everyone is talking about our Outdoor Goose and his wacky wardrobe that includes outfits for every season, including Halloween. Just in time for Halloween, our friendly neighborhood decorative goose has decided to don his Pumpkin Goose Outfit, his Witch Goose Outfit and/or his Frankenstein Goose Outfit. Pair one or more of our outdoor geese for a fantastical, fun and fa-BOO-lous outdoor garden décor looks that will add conversation starters and whimsical interest to your front yard.

Decorative Yard Stakes, Garden Flags and Halloween Garden Décor

Looking for some fun, quirky and adorable looks for your Halloween-inspired garden décor? Consider decorative garden stakes and Halloween-themed garden flags. These are almost-instant outdoor Halloween décor choices that add color, fun and whimsy to your spaces. Metal garden stakes, plant stakes and garden flags are a quick and easy way to brighten up potted plants, hanging baskets and more. Choose from several charming garden stake styles by Fox River Creations™, including Jack-O’-Lantern plant metal stake sets (which will give ‘em pumpkin to talk about), Halloween Planter Stakes Set or Metal Black Cat Stake sets. What about eye-catching Metal Witch Leg garden stakes? These’ll turn any yard, planter or landscaping island into a fun-loving “crime” scene that may require further scrutiny.

Lift Your Spirits

Halloween is about keeping your outdoor décor fun; Miles Kimball has the outdoor Halloween decorations and décor ideas to stay festive all season long. We not only carry Halloween decor, we have other holidays decorations available in our Holidays and Occasions department, including Thanksgiving and Fall looks, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day and Patriotic holidays as well as Easter, Christmas, birthdays or Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Many of our one-of-a-kind products are sold only here and can be personalized, which means that you’ll receive a unique décor product that is made to order. Love personalized Halloween items, gifts and décor? You’ve come to the right place for high-quality products that are meant to put you the mood for a fang-tastic Halloween!

Fall Cleanup Tools and Tips

With fall on your mind, you may be looking forward to preparing your gardens, lawns and outdoor areas for winter. Fall cleanup is not only a good idea because it helps tidy your spaces and get them ready for the cold-weather season, it also can help prepare your outdoor areas for spring, giving them a jumpstart and preparing them for success next summer.

Fall Gardening Care Made Easy

Gardening experts agree that now is the time to care for both your flower beds and your yard. Raking and collecting those leftover leaves, aerating your lawn and overseeding is part of this process. Until that first frost, you’ll still likely be caring for your lawn, too. At Miles Kimball, we’re always on the lookout for innovative lawn and gardening tools that will help making these sometimes-tedious chores more efficient. From leaf-gathering and composting to aerating, storage and choosing the right product to overseed, we’re highlighting some of our handy tools and products. We’ll also discuss some tips that will help your lawn, garden and outdoor spaces thrive by using some of these products, many of which are exclusive to the Miles Kimball brand!

Leaf-Gathering and Composting

Your outdoor lawn care arsenal probably contains some of the tried-and-true go-tos, such as rakes, shovels, hedge trimmers and other tools that are created to help you maintain and gather yard refuse, waste and fallen leaves. Although these tools work great, there are often alternative, must-have tools that will make yard work easier, such as our garden hands.

Our set of two Garden Hands™ and Gorilla Garden Hands are fantastic at those awkward tasks, such as gathering leaf piles and putting them in compost bags. They’re also great at gathering those fallen leaves, grass clippings and other organic matter to help create environmentally friendly composting areas in your yard. Another way to make those leaf-gathering chores easier is to find a handy product that will help you gather yard refuse in one spot, making cleanup a breeze. A durable leaf collecting bag with handles makes collecting and discarding leaves and other materials quick and easy.

Tool Organization and Outdoor Cleanup

If you’re looking to add tool organization and garage and outdoor structures tidying to your to-do list, we have a great selection of organizational products in our outdoor Storage and Maintenance category for your home, garage and shed. Don’t miss our corner garden tool organizer, which wisely utilizes those overlooked corners in your garage or shed and keeps all of your shovels, tools and rakes in one spot. Fall is also the time to keep your outdoor furniture protected from the elements. Not everyone has a covered structure in which to store their outdoor furniture and essentials like grills, lawn chairs, outdoor sofas and tractors. Be sure to check out our outdoor furniture covers for high-quality protective products that will protect your investments from rain, snow, UV rays and other inclement conditions.

The Easy Way to Aerate Your Lawn

Throughout the summer, grass clippings and other organic matter may create “thatch,” which is a layer of dead grass that can prevent moisture from reaching the roots of your lawn. A layer of thatch also can prevent nutrients from reaching the roots of the grass. Thinning grass and weeds also can cause soil compaction, which is another way that your lawn may not be getting the nutrients it needs to stay healthy. In the long run, both thatch and soil compaction can be detrimental to your yard’s health. The remedy to both of these issues is called “aeration.” This involves essentially poking holes in the thatch and the compacted soil, allowing the roots to gain access to nutrients, rain and oxygen. Aeration also reduces water runoff, improves air exchange and strengthens turfgrass roots.

Professionally aerating your yard can cost hundreds of dollars. However, clever lawn and gardening tools are available that allow you similar the benefits for a fraction of the price. Lawn aerator sandals are a fantastic way for you to strap on some special shoes and get that aerating done in your yard. Better yet, buy a couple of these clever lawn aerator sandals and have your kids, grandkids, nieces or nephews get some exercise and play (carefully, of course!) while they aerate your lawn for you.

Overseeding

Along with aeration, overseeding is one of those tasks that will help keep your lawn in top shape, getting it ready for winter and ultimately giving it a kickstart in the spring. Along with aeration, this is one fall task that can be pricey. A great option is to use a proven grass seed option yourself, again at a fraction of the price of a professional lawn care service.

Check out our Quicklawn® Grass Seed, available at Miles Kimball. This evergreen “Wonder Seed” can be spread quickly and easily over your yard with an inexpensive seed spreader (available at any hardware or retail store) and sprouts in as little as five days. This shade tolerant, insect-resistant and easy-grow grass seed is just what you need for those thinning areas to give them the boost they need. This product works in all kinds of soil — from clay to sandy.

Fall Cleanup, Organization and More

Fall cleanup, organization and winter prep doesn’t have to be a chore. Neither does spring cleanup and summer gardening! Miles Kimball has everything you need, no matter what time of year it is. Check back into Kimball Corner throughout each season of the year to find tips, tricks and highlighted products that will help you get your work done more efficiently. We would love to hear from you about any fall cleanup tricks or tip you may have. Leave a comment below and share your ideas about how you handle fall cleanup and/or which tools you can’t live without.

Our Favorite Maple Cookie Recipe – Fall Maple Cookies

Maple cookies, along with a warm drink on a snappy fall evening, are a delightfully decadent treat that will warm your heart. Our favorite maple cookie recipe is easy to make yet is complex in flavor. At its heart is its maple flavor through the addition of real maple syrup — a genuine North American substance that is made from the nectar of sugar maple trees.

Maple Syrup in North America

There are a lot of legends about how maple was first discovered; however, by the time the Europeans landed in the northeast section of the Americas, the Native Americans had discovered how to extract this treasured substance out of sugar maple trees. They shared this knowledge with the Europeans who, in turn, added their skills of storage and transportation into the mix to make maple syrup a big business that has spread throughout the world.

A New England Treat

Although the Canadian province of Quebec is the top producer of maple syrup today (6.5 million gallons per year), various other New England states and Northern Midwestern are known for their production as well. Vermont leads in American production, followed by New York, Maine, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Maple syrup production is a lengthy process: it takes about 43 gallons of sap to make one gallon of pure maple syrup. For this reason, many of the bottles of “maple syrup” that you see on the shelves of your local grocery store use imitation maple flavor in their recipes.

The Benefits of Maple Sugar

Although maple syrup is probably best known for its addition to breakfast foods like pancakes, French toast and waffles, it is also a fabulous choice to substitute for cane sugar in baking. Maple syrup has health benefits that other processed and refined sugars do not. Maple syrup is high in antioxidants as well as zinc, potassium, riboflavin, calcium and magnesium. Did you know that during the Civil War, Union households regularly used maple sweetener to boycott cane sugar? This is because cane sugar was a product that used slave labor in its production. Maple syrup has been used in recipes for centuries and can be used in main courses, soups, desserts and sauces. If you’re looking to substitute maple syrup for sugar, ¾ cup of maple syrup for every cup of sugar.

What Kind of Syrup Should I Use for Maple Cookies?

When you’re making our favorite maple cookies, be sure to look for real maple syrup — not just “real maple-flavored syrup” or other misleading wording on labels. The cheap “maple-flavored” stuff is a highly refined, highly processed food. Its main ingredient is often high-fructose corn syrup. Real maple syrup will cost you more because of its labor-intensive production. For each bottle of genuine maple syrup, thousands of trees were likely tapped, miles of tubing were installed, and thousands of gallons of watery maple sap were boiled in a process called “sugaring” to condense it to the product we all know and love.

So, be prepared to pay a bit more. Real maple syrup is worth it, however, even if it is a splurge. Save some of that real maple syrup for our delicious maple syrup cookies. This golden, delicious all-natural, vegan, pure and naturally healthy substance is a delicious addition to your maple cookie recipes.

Kitchen and Serving Essentials at Miles Kimball

Our maple cookie recipe makes about 60 cookies, so they are great to make and freeze or share with guests who may drop by in time for a fall afternoon treat. Serve with coffee or tea from accessories and tea boxes available at Miles Kimball. For classic percolated taste, consider a tried-and-true stainless-steel coffee percolator from Miles Kimball for perfect coffee every time. Use our Chef’s Pride Insulated Coffee Carafe to keep your coffee fresh. (Hint: Our carafes also keep hot water hot, which was quickly boiled up in our Whistling Tea Kettles by Home-Style Kitchen™.)

Maple Cookies’ Ingredients

1 cup butter, room temperature

1 cup brown sugar, packed

1 large egg

1 cup real maple syrup

2 teaspoons Watkins Pure Vanilla Extract  

2 teaspoons baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

4 cups all-purposed flour (bleached or unbleached)

1/3 cup granulated sugar (for decoration)

Maple Sugar Cookies: Step-by-Step Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350° F (or 175° C)
  2. Grease several cookie sheets with your preferred non-stick method (Hint: We love our baking sheet with red silicone handles by Home-Style Kitchen™)
  3. Cream butter and brown sugar together in a large bowl with our PosiGrip Stick Blender Set from Home Marketplace
  4. Add egg, maple syrup and vanilla, using measuring spoons and measuring cups, available at Miles Kimball
  5. Mix until well blended
  6. Sift flour, salt and baking soda together with our mini flour sifter by Chef’s Pride
  7. Stir into sugar mixture until well blended

At this point, some cooks have said that the dough is easier to work with if it is refrigerated for about an hour.

Shop Miles Kimball

Miles Kimball has all of the kitchen essentials and cookware you need to whip up maple cookies — or any other cookie, dessert or treat you prefer — in no time at all. We have a fantastic selection of silverware, silverware sets —even kitchen organization and storage products.

Let Us Know How Your Cookies Turned Out

Did you make our favorite maple cookie recipe? Do you have any tips or tricks to make our maple cookie recipe even better? Leave a comment below to let us know! We would love to hear from you.

Get Your Outdoor Furniture Ready for Fall

There’s a scent of smoke in the air from a nearby fireplace, there’s a slight snap in the evening breeze and pumpkin spice is on the menu at your favorite coffee shop. These events can only mean one thing: autumn is getting closer. September 22 will be here before you know it; although 2020 has been a strange year, time continues to march ahead!

Regardless of whether or not you’re happy to bring out the sweaters and think about those winter clothing essentials, fall is the time to do a bit of cleanup in your outdoor spaces. In fact, fall and winter preparation chores may have already been added to your to-do list to complete before that first frost. Luckily, Miles Kimball and Kimball Corner have compiled some must-do chores to get your home ready for the fall and winter season, including chores that include your outdoor furniture.

Clean and Cover Your Outdoor Furniture

The wildly fluctuating temperatures can be tough on your outdoor furniture, grills and outdoor structures. When these items (which are sometimes a big investment) aren’t properly cared for and protected during the winter season, their lifespans are reduced considerably. If you’re like most Americans and can’t afford to replace your outdoor furniture on a yearly basis, fall is the time to winterize outdoor furniture in order to extend its life.

After a full summer, your outdoor furniture and your outdoor rocking chairs may be ready to take a break. Clean these items thoroughly with a pressure washer or a garden hose before saying goodbye to them for the winter. Sweep off debris, add some gentle detergent to a bucket, scrub with a good water broom and then rinse well with water. Clean the cushions and wash the covers, if possible. If you’re lucky enough to have a designated space in a shed or a garage where they’re covered, this is ideal. However, patio furniture covers are also a great option if a covered space is not available.

Patio furniture covers are also great to use even if you have a covered space. They add a bit more protection to your patio furniture during storage. Miles Kimball has many different styles of furniture and equipment covers in high-quality vinyl and in a variety of styles, colors and shapes that will protect your outdoor patio furniture and other investments. Shop Miles Kimball for chair covers, grill covers, table covers, HVAC covers and lawn mower covers that will fit your spaces perfectly.

Clean Gutters

Leftover debris, leaves and nests displaced from summer storms can also be left over in your gutters and downspouts and can clog your gutters. Ideally, gutters should be cleaned twice a year — in fall and in spring. Clogged gutters can lead to wet basements, interior and exterior damage, mold growth and other undesirable consequences.

Whether you hire a service to clean your gutters or you choose to do it yourself, Miles Kimball makes cleaning your gutters an easier task. It’s important to have a sturdy ladder that can be placed on a solid surface (not on landscaping rocks, woodpiles or other moveable objects). Also, wear a long-sleeved shirt, work pants and high-quality garden gloves. Miles Kimball has some great options available in our gardening tools, such as our NFL Sport Utility Gloves, our Gorilla Garden Hands and our set of two Garden Hands™.

While you’re getting up close and personal with your gutters, it’s also great to inspect the fascia boards, your shingles and the condition of the gutters you’re emptying. Note any cracks, splits or damage. Gather your tools (gutter scoops, trowels, buckets, garden hoses, fire nose nozzles, spray nozzles). Pressure washers are ideal for this chore. Even better? Look for special garden hose attachments that are designed specifically for cleaning gutters. Miles Kimball has a convenient home and gutter flusher tool and a telescopic gutter brush that will help make this job more convenient.

Caring for Hoses and Outdoor Spigots

Cold climates can also mean winterizing your outdoor water sources and spigots. Disconnect your hoses and other fittings that are attached to your outdoor spigots. Now is the time to inspect these spigots and other fixtures for leaks or drips and to completely drain them. To do this, shut off the water line to that space and then let the spigot open until all of the water drains out. It is important to remember to close the spigot after this step. Cover your outdoor spigots with tight-fitting, outdoor faucet socks/covers, such as our outdoor faucet covers and faucet sock sets. These insulated covers contain Thinsulate® insulation that help save and protect your outdoor faucets from damage that can occur in cold weather.

Organize and Tidy Outdoor Spaces

Grandma once said that “everything should have a place.” When it comes to getting your outdoor areas ready for fall and winter, this saying has never been truer. Tidy your outdoor lawn equipment: bring these tools inside, organize them with our garden tool organizer or corner garden tool rack and keep them secure throughout the winter to extend their lives. Miles Kimball has a great selection of outdoor storage and organization items to help get your outdoor spaces in top shape. Protect your wood piles with tarps and our set of four tarp clamps to keep your wood free from moisture and bad weather. Shop bungee cords and bungee cord sets at Miles Kimball that are great for multiple uses.

Fall Prep is Easy with Miles Kimball

Getting your outdoor furniture, tools and home ready for the fall isn’t hard when you know where to look for the right tools to help you get the job done quickly and easily. Miles Kimball has unique fall preparation items and goods — as well as the best outdoor lighting, garden décor and more that’s great to enjoy during the warmer months.

Grandparents’ Day Gifts They Will Love

National Grandparents’ Day in the United States has been a relatively new addition to the parade holidays that are celebrated in this country. President Jimmy Carter signed the legislation that detailed the first Sunday after Labor Day as “National Grandparents’ Day” in August of 1978. According to the preamble of the statute, the purpose of the holiday is to “honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children, and to help children become of aware of the strength, information, and guidance older people can offer.”

National Grandparents’ Day 2020

Because of the isolation that many of our nation’s elderly experienced during the long months of quarantine, this upcoming National Grandparents’ Day is even more significant. The COVID-19 quarantine may have directly affected your parents, grandparents or other elderly members of your family in many different ways. For this reason, it is even more important to acknowledge this holiday and make it a point to celebrate National Grandparents’ Day 2020. At Kimball Corner, we’ve put together some thoughts and ideas about some gifts that grandparents will love for the National Grandparents’ Day holiday.

Personalized Outdoor Garden Flags

Everyone loves personalized gifts; grandparents are no different! Personalized gifts offer someone an extra-special product and demonstrates that you put some extra effort and thought into their selection. With Miles Kimball, it’s easy to find personalized items that your grandparents will love. You can tailor your grandparents’ hobbies, interests and pastimes into this personalized gift-giving tradition.

For a grandma or a grandpa who love their outdoor spaces, our personalized outdoor décor, garden flags, wind chimes and planters are must-sees. Check out our personalized garden flags in several styles, including our personalized “Garden of Love” garden flag, our “Patriotic Fireworks” garden flag, our personalized “Frog Garden” flag, personalized “Grandma’s Favorite Peeps” Easter garden flag or the charming custom “Tweet Hearts” garden flag. These garden flag selections can be personalized to feature the names of grandkids, which we think will utterly delight all grandparents!

Personalized Home Décor for Grandparents

Home is where your grandparents’ hearts are, so a great addition to their home is likely something that they’ll love. For veterans, our Veteran’s Flag Display Case is always a thoughtful choice to give a grandma or a grandpa who served in one of the branches of the military. Family birthdays are meant to be celebrated and with our Personalized Dates to Remember wall hanging, your grandparents will never forget whose birthday is when. For a rustic table centerpiece, planter or home decoration, they’ll love our personalized wooden planter boxes. Choose from our “God Bless America” style or our “Family Name with Year” style. These versatile, high-quality personalized wood planters are a fantastic addition to grandparents’ home and will be cherished for many years.

Personalized Photo Frames for Grandpa and Grandma

Many grandparents love showing off their grandchildren with school and special occasion photographs. There’s always a place on proud grandparents’ shelves for another picture frame that highlights their pride and joy. What’s an even better way to show off the grandkids? With a personalized photo frame, of course! At Miles Kimball, we have personalized Exposures photo frames galore in all sorts of styles. From eye catching and vibrant to rustic and understated, there’s a photo frame for all interest preferences and décor choices.

Our personalized “Gone Fishing” frame celebrates the bonding time between grandpa and his grandson or granddaughter. Don’t miss our personalized shiplap “Grandpa” frame for a high-quality addition to any mantle, shelf or table. For the best grandma ever, our “I Made it Just For You” or our personalized “English Rose” style frame allows you to feature the names of the grandkids under your favorite family picture.

Photo and Scrapbooking Items

Our Exposures photo and scrapbooking albums are top-quality ways to organize and highlight the most special moments in life. We think grandparents will love one of these albums — better yet, purchase one of these high-quality albums and their corresponding pages to create a bespoke album that highlights a special moment, such as a golden anniversary party, a special birthday or a reunion. They’ll love these thoughtful handmade gifts that were put together with love and care by the people who mean the most to them.

Letter Writer Gifts, Stationery and More

Have a grandma or a grandpa who loves to write letters and send cards? Consider making a basket of personalized address labels and stationery items that they’ll be able to use throughout the year to communicate with loved ones all over the world. Our personalized name and address labels are always a fantastic idea and come in a huge variety of styles, including patriotic red, white and blue styles, garden-themed personalized labels and religious and faith-themed address labels that feature stunning scenes and vibrant, eye-catching colors. Grandparents will love our greeting and note card products, our 24-count all-occasion greeting card sets and our notepads. In the gift basket, don’t forget to add a smooth-writing gel pen and some stamps, too!

Celebrate Relationships that Mean the Most

National Grandparents’ Day is a way to highlight and celebrate the relationship that means so much. Make this day even more special with gifts they’re sure to love. Our personalized gifts are a way to say, “I love you,” even if long distances may physically separate us. Do you have any ideas for gifts to give grandparents? Do you have a special way you celebrate your grandparents for National Grandparents’ Day? We hope you’ll share your story, gift or idea by leaving a comment below.

Top 5 Baking Must-Haves – 5 Kitchen Essentials

At Miles Kimball, we know that buying the best cookware, bakeware, microwave cookware and cool kitchen gadgets can sometime seem overwhelming. That’s why we’ve put together our favorites in these five categories that will help you get started in the kitchen on the right foot. Whether you’re looking for a useful wedding or housewarming gift or you’re starting out on your own and are stumped, we’ll help you navigate those often confusing culinary kitchen waters to help you find the most useful pieces that you should not be without.

#1: Cookware Must-Haves

Humans cannot live on takeout alone. Even if you’re experience in the kitchen is limited to fried or scrambled eggs, a frying pan or a skillet is a must-have in the kitchen. Skillets are even better when they come with lids. Miles Kimball offers many different styles and skillet products, including our set of three ceramic copper non-stick fry pans, our 12” ceramic sauté pan with a glass lid and our 8” ceramic non-stick pan. They can be used to fry hamburgers, make grilled cheese sandwiches, brown meat and more. They can also be used in the oven to make those super-convenient premade chocolate chip cookies.

To boil pasta, a lidded sauce pot or a stock pot with a lid is a must have. Shop our 8-quart stockpots or our 3-quart ceramic non-stick saucepan. To obtain just about everything needed in one fell swoop, we offer both eight-piece copper cookware and 6-piece non-stick cookware sets. These sets include just about all of the cookware you may need in the kitchen. Check out Miles Kimball for our cookware selections for additional accessories and items, too.

#2: The Best Bakeware

Even if you’re not planning on baking a cake or preparing muffins from scratch, having certain bakeware items on hand if you pick up a just-add-water or oil mix at your local grocer will be necessary. Cake mixes and muffin mixes are super-easy and can be whipped up in minutes, even by children, and make fantastic after-school treats or rainy-day snacks. They also are great activities to enjoy with kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews.

With our 12-cup muffin pan from Home-Style Kitchen™, you’ll be able to properly whip up some muffins or cupcakes from the comfort of your own home. And thanks to the red silicone handles, our muffin pans will be cool to the touch. Baking sheets are also an essential part of a well-stocked kitchen. Baking sheets can be used to make cookies and can also be used to bake meats, chicken breasts, veggies and more. Looking for something a little out of the ordinary? Check out our 10” fluted cake pan, which will transform the most basic cake recipes into an extraordinary creation.

At Miles Kimball, we have something that all bakers will enjoy, no matter how experienced or inexperienced they are in the culinary arts. For delicious baked apples, be sure to take a look at our set of two stoneware apple bakers. Simply core an apple, top with brown sugar, cinnamon, sugar and/or raisins and bake in a microwave or an oven for baked apple perfection!

#3: Microwave Magic

The microwave is a magic do-all in the kitchen. It’ll do everything from heat up last night’s hibachi dinner to cook eggs, popcorn and potatoes in minutes. Our microwave cookware is a must-have in any kitchen. Shop microwave corn steamers, microwave egg boilers, and our 20-piece microwave storage sets with lids. Some of our most popular items in our microwave cookware section are our microwave soup mugs with vented lids, microwaveable bowls with lids and our microwave popcorn poppers.

#4: Cool Kitchen Gadgets Galore

At Miles Kimball, we think that the best kitchen gadgets are not just fun — they’re necessities! That’s why we’ve stocked some of the best kitchen tools in the business that will help accommodate every cook. Shop kitchen utensils and holders that will help keep your items all in one place, like our personalized stoneware crock, our personalized spoon rests and our bamboo organizers. Spatulas are always needed in the kitchen, as is a good set of knives and utensils that will withstand the heat of skillets and frying pans. In our measuring, mixing and prep category, measuring cups are always useful in the kitchen — as are good measuring spoon sets. Don’t forget kitchen timers, some good stainless-steel colanders and a good cutting board. Choppers, graters and slicers are also essential. Check out our wildly popular ChopStir™ — a handy food chopper and stirrer in one. From apple peeler/corer/slicers to meat grinders, our kitchen gadgets offer something for everyone’s kitchen.

#5: Kitchen Organization and Storage

Clever kitchen organization and storage has become quite popular. Because of this, however, more and more organization and storage gadgets have come onto the market. Although we offer dozens of kitchen organization and storage items, we have some favorites. These favorites include our reusable plastic bowl covers in a set of 24, which make it easy to keep dishes, bowls and other serving items fresh with elastic covers that are a cinch to put on. Our square and round cracker keepers are great additions to your pantry and will eliminate those stale crackers that are opened and not closed tightly. From food storage containers and refrigerator organizers to freezer labels and storage, storage racks and bins, there’s a kitchen storage solution for just about every organizational challenge.

Miles Kimball

When it comes to must-have kitchen items, Miles Kimball has everything you need to create a well-stocked kitchen. Our website is always an adventure in shopping, and we hope you’ll take a moment to check out our many departments, including items for the home, holidays, personalized gifts, clothing and accessories, hobbies and books, health and beauty, kids, foods and candy and more.

Meaningful Handwritten Notes: From the Heart

There’s a lot of talk today about people feeling isolated, lonely and physically separated from family and loved ones. Because of this, it’s even more important to get back to the basics of communication. This means taking time out each day to let someone know you’re thinking of them by sitting down and writing a personal note, sending a personalized card or even calling them on the phone to let them know you care.

The Importance of Staying in Touch

The importance of staying in touch with others has never been more important than it is today. This means that honing skills like letter writing and personal note writing has become ever more important. Our selection of personalized stationery, note cards and other personalized items at Miles Kimball is a great way to get started. Start slowly by making a goal of writing one personalized note per week — it doesn’t have to be fancy, eloquent or expertly written. Just a quick “Hello, I’m thinking of you and I hope you have a great day,” is a great start. Tell your friend or loved one about the highlights of your week, something special that happened or something that made you smile. Has a cardinal couple been regulars to your bird feeder each morning? Did you enjoy the smell of the rain from an enclosed porch? Is a beautiful flower growing outside your window? The simple fact that an effort was made to stay in touch is often enough to make a world of difference.

Personalized Address Labels

Consider creating a basket full of personalized correspondence goodies from Miles Kimball to send to a loved one who is isolated at this moment. Include our personalized address labels, a set of new pens and some fun postage stamps that are in line with a particular interest of the recipient (such as animals, flowers or inspirational themes). Personalized address labels are a fun and easy way to add some personality to your correspondence and are easy to stick to your envelopes in seconds, saving your hand to write that personalized note inside.

Available in many different styles, colors and designs, our self-stick address label rolls are a delight to receive. Shop label and seal sets that allow you to decorate your envelopes with patriotic themes, holiday themes, religious themes to wildlife, animals and floral decorations. Adorn your envelopes with these labels, address labels, clear address labels and seals in colorful designs.

Personalized Stationery

One doesn’t need a special occasion to get a personalized note in the mail. In fact, we think that it is even more special to receive an unexpected note in the mail when you’re least expecting it. To be honest, the thought of heading to the mailbox to take out more junk mail and advertisements can often be a bit depressing. A handwritten note from a friend or a family member can uplift one’s thoughts and considerably brighten their day. Click on our personalized calendars and stationery to check out our selection of personalized paper goods and accessories, including our self-inking stamps. Add a pocket calendar to a “Thinking of You” card, add a personalized note pad or give someone a towel calendar that they can use throughout the year (and then add to their kitchen collection when the year is over).

Our personalized stationery is great to say everything from “happy birthday,” “hello,” “I miss you” or “hang in there.” Our high-quality note cards and personalized stationery products are available in many different designs and font styles — from traditional script to personalized home state note cards.

Seasonal and Holiday Cards

Of course, the holidays are a fantastic reason to send cards. Personalized Christmas and holiday cards are our specialty at Miles Kimball and our affordable personalized holiday and seasonal cards are not-to-miss sections of the Miles Kimball website. For Christmas and holiday lovers, nothing is more special that receiving and displaying their holiday cards. Luckily, we have a stunning array of holiday cards from which to choose. From religious blessing cards, nostalgic cards, whimsical cards and traditional cards to season’s greeting and nature scenery displays, there are cards that will satisfy every seasonal preference.

Office Organizers and Supplies

If you’re new to sending hand-written thoughts via the mail to loved ones, that’s OK. Getting in the groove with sending love to friends and family members takes just a little organization and will get easier with time. Until then, there are fantastic organizational tools that can help you get your thoughts, dates and supplies in order. For example, we offer a greeting card organizer book that allows you to organize a year’s worth of cards in advance so they’re ready to go each month. (Hint: Our greeting card organizer makes a terrific gift!) Other organizers and dividers can be used, such as our greeting card organizer with dividers or lined index stick-on tabs to help you stay organized, write notes to yourself about when to mail out your correspondence and more. From letter holder baskets and storage bins to magnets and multi-function pens, there is a great selection of office supplies and organization products to get you on track.

What’s Your Style to Keep in Touch?

Do you have a special tradition among friends or family that helps you all keep in touch? Has someone in your family made your birthdays special by always remembering them? What is something that is super-meaningful to you that you have received in the past that is a unique idea for a handwritten note? Whether it is informative or funny, let us know. Share your thoughts with us below.