Grilling and Summer: How to Make the Experience Delicious

One of the most appealing things about summer is the ability to cook outdoors. Not only does food from the grill taste amazing, but there’s also something fun and exciting about being in the fresh air, preparing food. Grilling is also a great way to bring family and friends together for fun and laughter.

To ensure that you’re getting the most out of your grilling experience, you need to have the right supplies. Don’t worry, at Miles Kimball, we have exactly what you’re looking for.

Make Food-Prep Easy

Before heading out to the patio to grill your favorite meal, you have to know exactly what you’re going to make and how you’re going to cook it. Sure, one of the great things about grilling is that you can make spur-of-the-moment dinner decisions, but the best and most delicious dinners take a bit of preparation and the best kitchen gadgets.

Whether you are taking care of the food prep inside or outside, make sure you have the best kitchen tools. Knives and cutting boards are essential. You can’t have hamburgers without offering tomatoes and onions as toppers, and getting these fresh and slicing them at home adds something flavorful to the meal.

Want to add some delectable cheese? Having a grater and slicer is imperative. You can also use this item to prep veggies for sides. It’s a multipurpose food prep tool that will make getting ready for summer meals quick and easy.

Have the Right Cooking Tools

Not only do you need the right tools to help you during the food prep process, but you need the right products while you are cooking. You don’t need much when it comes to grilling utensils, but you need quality items.

Having a high-quality spatula is essential. It ensures you’re grilling all sides of your meal to perfection. Need to add some flavor to your meat? Silicone brushes have the ability to withstand the heat, but also evenly and easily apply bastes and liquid seasoning concoctions to your food.

Silicone tongs can make it easy to grab, flip or serve any item that you might be cooking on your grill. They are heat-resistant and easy to clean, so they are ideal to use in just about any cooking environment, particularly outdoors.

Are you planning on cooking food that might slip through the slats of your grill? Using a copper grill mat ensures that your food gets cooked to perfection without the worry of it getting lost to the coals or propane flames. This item is also ideal to use on public grills in parks or campgrounds that are hard to clean.

Some sides can’t be cooked on a grill, and for those items, you should consider using an air fryer. The food will come out tasting delicious, and it will add something extra to the main dish that was cooked on the grill.

Serve Your Food with Flair

After you have grilled your food to perfection, it’s then time for your family and/or friends to enjoy what you’ve made. When serving food outside, you have a lot of things to contend with, including insects and other pests. To keep them from contaminating your food, you need to keep it covered with food tents or a food umbrella. These items are perfect for use in the backyard, but they are also picnic basket essentials that can be taken anywhere you travel outdoors.

You also want to make sure your backyard furniture looks amazing, so using table covers is recommended. These covers also make clean-up quick and easy while also protecting the furniture beneath.

Having the right utensils also keeps your family and friends safe while dining outdoors. Using plastic tumblers reduces the chances of injury if they are accidentally dropped — no glass to worry about and clean up! Having paper plate holders reduces the chances of plates bending and dropping food on the ground, which is sure to keep your guests happy and full!

Decorate with Style

Grilling outdoors means having the right utensils and supplies, but it’s also more than that: it’s about creating the right environment. If you’re looking for a way to make your backyard warm and inviting, then you should consider adding some decorations or outdoor lights.

Decorative yard stakes can help you express your style and individuality, and outdoor lightning can keep the party going long after the sun sets. Whether you’re looking for something sophisticated or whimsical, Miles Kimball has your yard decoration needs covered!

Take Your Grilling Experience to a Whole New Level

Grilling and summer just go together, and with the right supplies, you can take the experience to a whole new level. At Miles Kimball, we offer products that make food prep, cooking and serving convenient and easy. Check out what we have to offer today!

5 Reasons to Use Personalized Address Labels

As the holidays come to a close, planning for those holiday cards and yearly correspondence letters become a very real (and perhaps daunting) task for millions of people all over the world. Holiday greeting cards are a chance to catch up with friends and family members that live far away, letting them know you’re thinking about them, wishing them well and sending well wishes from your home to theirs.

Personalized address labels are a great way to add an extra-personalized touch to your holiday cards. They can also be helpful in implementing this sometimes-overwhelming task — who wants to handwrite all those return addresses? These peel-and-stick personalized address labels are an easy-peasy way to knock out those addresses in no time at all. At Kimball Corner, we’ve compiled five reasons to use personalized address labels to add delight to everything from your holiday card greetings to your everyday correspondence.

#1: Self-Stick Address Labels are Convenient

Have you ever gotten your correspondence together, envelopes stuffed, letters written and envelopes stamped — just to find that the very last task of writing return addresses has been forgotten? The result? It is usually a hastily scrawled address that won’t help anyone out in the event that your letter needs to be returned. Personalized address labels come in convenient sheets and rolls as well as in many different styles — even in large-print styles — so you can tailor your return address needs to your design preference. Keep Miles Kimball’s personalized address labels with your postage stamps so they’re ready to go when you are! No more sloppy return address writing — these convenient, colorful personalized address labels are a welcome addition for both you, for your letter’s recipient — and for the postal service workers who may have to refer to that return address. Remember, too, that many individuals keep and read those return address labels to update their address books each year — so make this task easy for them (especially if you’ve moved in the past year) by adding personalized address labels from Miles Kimball to your cards.

#2: Personalized Labels are Easy to Use

These little additions to your correspondence really couldn’t be easier to use: just peel and stick on the return address section of your envelope for a secure, easy-to-read return address. Whether you prefer a personalized address label sheet of 20 with matching seals or a roll of 200, Miles Kimball has the personalized address labels needed to get that tedious task whipped out in no time at all! Not only are personalized address labels easy to use, they’re also super easy to create. Just click on the blue “Personalize It” button to be taken to our easy-to-use personalization tool. Type out four lines, 25 characters per line, and verify that the information is correct. Hint: Sometimes it is a great idea to have someone else double check your input skills. Ask someone in your house to verify that the information is correct to ensure that no mistakes are present before submitting your order. No one around? Take a photo of your information and send a quick text to a child, a grandchild or a friend you trust to catch any errors. It’s always better to be too cautious than receive an entire order of address labels that have one wrong number or a misspelled street name!

#3: Personalized Address Labels Brighten Your Letters

With personalized address labels from Miles Kimball, you can go basic or go bold. The styling options are truly endless with these clever self-stick add-ons that will make your life exponentially easier. From clear address labels and colorful address labels to personalized address labels that match your Christmas cards’ décor and theme, Miles Kimball has a fantastic assortment of personalized address labels from which to choose. Whether you’re searching for holiday address labels, religious-themed address labels, personalized address labels with wildlife and animals, floral designs or classic styles, there’s a personalized address label set and style that fits your needs.

#4: Personalized Address Labels Can Complement Your Holiday Cards

If you’re doing your Christmas card shopping here in Miles Kimball’s Card Shoppe, make sure you check to see if there is a corresponding personalized address label and seal set that matches your Christmas or holiday greeting card selection. Just scroll down to the bottom of the page to check for the “Coordinating Items” section. There may be a matching set of personalized address labels and seals that match your Christmas cards. These affordable options add such a special touch to your holiday cards and brighten up your envelopes with an extra dose of holiday cheer.

#5: Personalized Address Labels Make Great Gifts

Our personalized address labels are not just for holiday cards and your own personal correspondence. Personalized address labels make great gifts, too! Weddings, housewarming gifts, new homes, holidays — there is always a great occasion at which to give these thoughtful gifts. Consider giving a housewarming or a wedding gift basket. Include personalized address labels, a personalized calendar and/or stationery item, postage stamps and a personalized made-to-order kitchen item that they’ll love to add to their home.

Think outside the box with personalized address labels from Miles Kimball! How do you use your personalized address labels from Miles Kimball? Have a great tip? Be sure to share your tips, hints and suggestions by leaving a comment below. We would love to hear about how you use personalized address labels throughout your home.

5 Reasons to Wear Slippers in Your Home

As the chill sets into the air, there are just certain things that we reach for to give us comfort. It could be that mug of hot chocolate or tea, your favorite warm, fluffy blanket or that extra-cozy sweater. Soft, warm slippers go hand-in-hand with the fall, winter and early spring seasons. They’re also naturals to give as gifts during the holiday celebrations, as well as birthdays, special occasions and more. Here at Kimball Corner, we’ve put together some reasons why slippers for men and slippers for women are some of our favorite winter items — and why wearing them in your home is such a good idea (as if you needed more reasons to love slippers!).

Slippers Take Away the Chill and Keep You Healthy

Cold floors are no match for a cozy pair of slippers. Keep a pair beside your bed (along with a super-warm robe) to put on first thing in the morning so you can get that first cup of coffee or tea in comfort. When the outdoors is bitter cold and flu season hits, did you know slippers can actually keep you healthy? Studies have shown that cold feet directly affect your body’s ability to fight off illnesses. When your feet are cold, your body experiences a protective mechanism that helps control the escape of heat from your body: the blood vessels in your nose and throat constrict. The tiny protective hairs in the nose that “catch” germs and bacteria can also be affected, making them less effective. Who knew that cold feet could directly affect your body’s defenses against sickness?

Slippers Are Hygienic

Think about where your shoes have been all day: on the bus, in restrooms, at school, at the grocery store. It’s enough to give you the heebie-jeebies (so maybe don’t think about too much). In fact, some studies have shown that the bottoms of your shoes are dirtier than a public bathroom. Although many countries have incorporated taking shoes off at the door into their cultures (Scandinavia, Japan, etc.), Americans are known for not requiring family and friends to take their shoes off upon entering their homes. Want to implement this practice? Having a basket of “guest slippers” at the door can soften your request for guests to take their shoes off at the front door. The “no shoes in the house” rule can keep your floors, carpets and rugs cleaner and can reduce the chances coming into contact with nasty germs.

Slippers Help Reduce Communicable Diseases

Although bare feet can be comfortable, when you live in a home with others, bare feet can help facilitate the spread of certain fungal infections and communicable disease like athlete’s foot, fungus, warts, staph infections, viruses and more. This is especially concerning if you have kids who participate in sports or family members who are in and out of gym locker rooms (because who knows what they can contract in those public places!). Enacting a “no bare feet” policy in your house may take some time to get used to, but it can do so much for the health and wellbeing of your family. Make this transition easy by buying a pair of comfy slippers for each member of your family and make it fun, colorful and cozy.

Slippers for Men and Slippers for Women at Miles Kimball

Love slippers? Can’t get enough of these super-comfortable footwear items? Miles Kimball has a ton of slippers available for both men and women that makes it easy, convenient and ultra-affordable to wear these comfortable footwear pieces in your home. Shop slippers, casual shoes, active shoes and indoor sandals in our selection here at Miles Kimball. You’re sure to find a slipper and footwear style that will fit your lifestyle — whether you’re indoors or outdoors. Don’t forget to purchase a few extra slippers for guests to make their visits warm, safe and clean.

Slippers Reduce Household Slips and Falls

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 3 million older people are treated in emergency departments each year due to falls. In 2015, falls cost the American public more than $50 billion in medical costs. One easy way to stay steady on your feet is to wear slippers in the house. Although socks keep your feet warm, they don’t have hard soles and can cause slips on tile or other slippery surfaces. At Miles Kimball, our slippers are available in dozens of slipper styles for men and women — from comfort slides and Mary Jane-style non-slip slippers to clogs, ballet slipper styles and edema slippers, which allow you to adjust their fit via Velcro fasteners to personalize your comfort level. Have someone in your life who needs some extra security around their house? Consider browsing Miles Kimball’s selection of slippers and give them the gift of safety for holidays, special occasions or birthdays.

Slippers Help You Get Things Done

When you’re cold or chilled, it’s tough to concentrate on much else. Did you know that studies have shown that slippers help increase productivity — both at home and at work? No, slippers are not just for at home — they can also be great additions to your office as well!

Cozy Home? Yes, Please. Five Ways to Cozy it Up This Fall

We think that Dorothy hit the nail on the head: there’s just no place like home. The place where you sleep, hang your hat and relax is inherently special — it is where all your favorite things are; it’s the place where memories are made; it’s filled with your own special comforts. Your home should make you happy. You also should feel good in your space and surround yourself with items you love.

As we’re heading full steam into the chilly fall and winter seasons, you may be looking for home décor pieces and ideas to make your home cozier — you know, achieving special feeling you get when you’re “hunkering down,” listening to the wind, weather and chaos outside and feeling cozy, comforted and calm. Creating a cozy home is easier than you may think and can be achieved with just a few items. Also, creating a cozy home also doesn’t have to cost a lot. Here we’ve provided five tips for creating a cozy home that we think are quick, easy and inexpensive.

Tip #1: Add Some Warm Lighting

Creating a cozy atmosphere can be as simple as turning of those overhead lights (they’re often harsh, unflattering and too bright) and adding several table lamps. There’s nothing cozier on a dreary day than turning on a warm lamp and watching the rain or snow from the comfort of your home. Don’t miss Miles Kimball Lighting and Lighting Accessories department on our website for some home lighting ideas. Add light to a dark corner with a decorative nightlight, add a Himalayan Salt Light to a shelf or add a good set of LED candles to a coffee table. If you need great lamps but are on a very tight budget, second-hand stores are often fantastic places to pick up table lamps. We love the look and the ease of string lights — they can be added above paintings, in plants and on console tables for instant brightness. Purchase string lights you can plug in or opt for battery-operated fairy lights for a magical and cozy effect in your home. Remember, if you’re looking to make your home cozier, opt for “warm” white lights. Cool lights or “outdoor” lighting are great for tasks like reading, crocheting or other crafts. If you’re wanting to achieve a cozy vibe, however, look for “warm” white lights.

Tip # 2: Green it Up

Adding some organic green home décor item can make your home seem instantly cozy. Plants are also beneficial to air quality: through photosynthesis, they use carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Don’t have a green thumb? No worries. There are several plant options available that are easier to tend to than you may think.

Plant beginners (or those who are especially plant challenged) can start with plants that are notoriously hard to kill, such as aloe vera, jade plants and other plants from the succulent family. These plants are much, much easier to overwater and require a hands-off approach to care. (They only really need a good soaking about once a month—or less.) Pothos (pictured above) and spider plants are also easy to care for. They are also easy to propagate (make baby plants with) and don’t need much light. Pothos can be purchased as a hanging plant, too, which adds instant coziness to a corner. Add an inexpensive bracket to a wall (or over a window) and add a hanging pothos plant. Pothos stems can be cut and added to wine bottles, vases or mason jars full of water and scattered throughout your home for extra coziness. Just empty and replace that water twice a month to make sure it doesn’t get dank — these easy plants will thrive in even the darkest rooms and provide a cozy vibe to your home.

For those who REALLY can’t keep plants alive, artificial flowers are often a great option. Today’s artificial flowers and faux plants are unbelievably lifelike and require zero care. Consider artificial hanging stems placed on high shelves, on top of cupboards or on the top of curio cabinets.

Tip # 3: Textiles, Rugs, Throws, Blankets

Nothing says cozy like a soft, cuddly blanket that you can wrap around your shoulders or throw across your lap on a cold night. With today’s options of affordable textiles, rugs and blankets, you can swap out these items seasonally with every season, too. Add several throw blankets across chairs, couches and sectionals for easy comfort and color and to coordinate them with your existing décor. Check out Miles Kimball’s selection of blankets, throws and plush blankets for instant softness. Add a good scattering of throw pillows so everyone has a comfortable place to sit. Add some ottomans and welcoming benches throughout your home where you can add pillows. For those who don’t have carpeted floors, you can create a cozy ambiance with decorative rugs, doormats and rug sets.

Tip # 4: Curtains

There’s just something about shutting the world away, closing curtains and turning on the warm light of lamps in the home. Adding inexpensive curtains to your home can not only keep away chilly drafts, it can soften the look of your home, creating a cozy effect. New room darkening curtains can also control the outside lighting, which is beneficial in spaces like bedrooms. Curtains are also a great seasonal way to swap out your décor. Miles Kimball has a fantastic selection of curtains, room darkening curtains, valances and more that will add some warmth and coziness to every room of your home.

Tip #5: Make it Welcome

Today’s home décor is really focused on being welcoming, grateful and positive. With inspirational sayings, Bible verses and uplifting sentiments, you can add these pieces for a modern cozy feeling. These easy additions to your home can really make guests feel welcome, at home and cozy in your space as well. Large “welcome” signs outside your door and a well-decorated porch can give guests, friends and family members a positive, welcoming vibe before they ever step foot in your door. Adding a large, leafy plant just inside the front door (if space is available) is also a way to cozy up your entryway. Add a console table to your foyer and add a plant, a candle, a lamp and a welcoming, eye-catching home décor item.

See? It’s easy to add some coziness to your home. Have some tips or specific items you use to make your home cozy? Be sure to share them below.

Fun Gifts to Send in the Mail – Kimball Corner

We’re moving into the holiday season, which means that gifting is on the mind. Not all our loved ones are close, however, which means that often gifting has to take place over many miles. This can be a wonderful opportunity to shine — send them “gift packs,” themed gift boxes and special sentiments that they’ll be delighted to receive.

It doesn’t really get a whole lot better than discovering an unexpected gift at the mail. With the plethora of bills, responsibilities and junk that often arrives via post, isn’t it lovely to receive something fun? This is especially true in recent times, when everyday life has seemed, well, a bit gloomy. Go ahead — make somebody’s day. Send a small gift and spread some joy.

Looking to surprise that someone you love with a “just because” gift? Searching for ideas for fun gifts to send in the mail for the holidays? We’ve gathered some of our favorite ideas here that will make anyone’s day.

Themed Boxes

For friends, family and loved ones who love their baths, consider putting together a “Spa Day” basket or gift box and include items that they can use to relax and unwind. Include a bottle of deliciously scented bubble bath, a bath pouf or loofah, a box of relaxing chamomile tea, some cookies and a personalized mug in which they can enjoy their beverage while soaking. Consider our popular bath pouf belt with handles, which allows you to clean those hard-to-reach places (like the back) with ease. Add a special bar of gentle soap, such as our goat milk based manuka honey soap from Natures® CommonScents. Our Personalized Tea Bag Mug is perfect to send in a “Spa Day” gift basket — it is easy to personalize with your loved one’s name and provides a side “pocket” that holds a used tea bag after it has seeped for the preferred amount of time. We think they’ll thank you for the reminder that they should stop, take a moment to themselves and relax.

Gifts for Hobbyists

Everyone has a friend who has a special activity that they enjoy. Whether it is knitting, crocheting, coloring, painting or puzzles, this fact can be a great starting point for a gift to send in the mail. Take an activity or hobby that someone loves to do and create a thoughtful gift or gift box to send. For example: know someone who loves to color? Get a new coloring book along with a set of special gel pens, new colored pencils or crayons. There’s something wonderful, thrilling and inspiring about receiving brand-new coloring utensils. Miles Kimball has great options for coloring books in our Hobbies and Books department — check out our selection of coloring books available that will keep your friends and family busy. Puzzles are also a great gift to send in the mail. See a new, interesting puzzle that someone on your gift-giving list would love here in our Puzzles and Trivia nook? Choose a new puzzle to send and include some puzzle glue so that they can preserve the piece that they spent so many hours on. Have someone who is looking for a new way to create something beautiful? Don’t miss our Brain Games Sticker by Number books. These popular books can be something to send to a coloring book fanatic so they can try out something new and exciting.

Gardening Glory

For a friend or family member who just can’t wait for gardening season, consider gathering some unique gardening gifts to send. Add some seeds, wind chimes or other outdoor garden décor and garden accessories to your gift box. Check out our Gardening Tools and lawn tools to see if there is something that they could both love and incorporate into their gardening care routine, such as a new pair of gardening shoes or gloves. For a thoughtful gift, consider one of our garden flags — many which can be personalized. Create a seasonal gift box and add a garden flag to it that corresponds with the season. These quick and easy ways to incorporate movement and color into gardens are a tried-and-true favorite here and are highly recommended here at Kimball Corner. Consider seasonal gifts with some unique yard stakes and figurines — a delight to add to any garden. Decorative garden stakes are also a quick and easy way to brighten up a space and to make great gifts for the outdoor garden décor enthusiast on your gift list. Think seeds are not too interesting and not that exciting to send as gifts in the mail? Think again. Check out our Plants and Garden Rolls, available at Miles Kimball. Developed by a horticulturist, they can be tailored to interests, such as wildflowers or butterflies. They can also be bought for some specific microclimate needs, such as shady areas, sunny areas or ground cover. Of course, everyone loves hanging flowerpots — especially when they’re low maintenance. Check out our realistic artificial flower hanging baskets that come perfectly assembled and ready to hang. These gems are ideal for spaces that are notoriously inhospitable to plants and flowers.

Just Because

Enter into your shopping trips, even to the grocery store, keeping your eyes open for specials and sales. See something that “reminds” you of someone? Buy it. There doesn’t need to be a reason; sometimes the most unexpected surprises are the best. Add a note with a personalized note card or stationery that explains why the item you bought made you think of him or her. These little “just because” gifts don’t have to be much: decorative napkins and pretty paper plates, cute notepads, coffee mugs, pretty journals, interesting-looking books or home décor. Sometimes the best places to find fun gifts are in the checkout lanes. See a magazine you think a friend will love? A decorative lip balm? A travel-sized lotion or cute hand sanitizer keychain? Sometimes these little gifts will cost a bit more to mail than they were to purchase; however, the happiness that these little gifts will inspire will mean so much. We guarantee it. Check out the Special Offers or Sale sections of our departments at Miles Kimball to see if anything here “reminds” you of someone you love. It’s easy to spread love and happiness when you get creative with gifts you send in the mail. Have you received a spectacular in the mail? Share a memorable gift you received in the mail below.

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.