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.

Garden Flag Décor: All Season Charm

It’s no secret that we love garden flags here at Miles Kimball. In fact, garden flags and garden flag decor are some of our all-time best-selling items in our store. It’s easy to see why, too. These colorful pieces of fabric add color, whimsy and fun to a garden. What’s better is that they couldn’t be easier to include in your garden or backyard landscaping!

Many of our customers take advantage of the changing seasons, holidays and special occasions to swap out their outdoor garden flags. Continue reading Kimball Corner to learn more about our outdoor garden flags and how you can add some colorful fun to your landscaping, garden, deck or patio areas through the use of outdoor garden flags.

How to Install Garden Flags

All that’s needed, really, is a good garden flag pole from Miles Kimball and some imagination. Our convenient, easy-to-use metal garden flagpole fits our garden flags perfectly. The bottom stakes easily into the ground and the garden flag slides over the display. After that, the sky is the limit!

Where to Install Garden Flags

Wondering where to put your garden flags? Natural suggestions include adding them into your landscaping islands, including them in front porch areas, installing near patios and putting them near seating areas. For an outdoor lighting idea, an outdoor patio lighting idea or an outdoor lighting idea for the front of the house, consider using one of our outdoor solar LED lights to add some focus to your garden flag. Your garden flag will not only be a great addition to your garden’s daytime beauty, it will also be a focal point in the evening and nighttime hours as well! Add decorative garden flags to multiple places around your yard — even one of our personalized garden flags for an extra-special touch.

Spring Sunshine: Colorful and Charming Garden Flags

Spring is a great time to add some color to your garden. While you’re looking for easy flowers to grow for your garden, you can also incorporate one of Miles Kimball’s spring garden flags. Our spring garden flags add a pop of instant color to your garden — long before your first flowers pop up after a long, gray winter. We have a variety of fun and festive spring flags. Don’t miss our selection, including our personalized St. Patrick’s Day mini banner or our personalized St. Patrick’s Day garden flags, our Easter “He is Risen” garden flag and Easter Bunny garden flags.

Summer Sun Soaked Garden Flag Fun

Summertime sun means sun-drenched color, get-togethers with friends and family and more relaxed schedules that force us to slow down and enjoy each moment. Summer garden flags are beautiful ways to create some wonderful whimsy in your garden. Our delightful Happy Campers garden flag adds fun to your sidewalks or entry ways. Nothing says summer like a Mason jar full of vibrant, summery wildflowers. You’ll love our personalized Mason Jar Floral garden flag — add your name for a custom touch. For the greatest grandma, add our Grandma’s Garden of Love garden flag, which is personalized to feature all of the special sprouts in her life. Don’t forget to celebrate those summertime patriotic holidays! Show your allegiance to the red, white and blue with American flag-themed garden flags, our personalized Patriotic Eagle garden flag or our Patriotic Fireworks personalized garden flag.

Fall Festivities Garden Flags

With the end of summer, the earth’s colors turn from muted browns to brilliant reds, oranges and yellows. Many autumn-themed garden flags reflect these colors and are fun to swap out in your garden flag repertoire. Opt for fall fun garden flags that feature scarecrows, pumpkins, autumn leaf colors or fall holidays, like Halloween or Thanksgiving. There are so many fall garden flags to choose from — too many to choose just one. From our Autumn Greetings garden flag to our Happy Fall scarecrow garden flag, you’ll find a fun fall look for your landscaping.

Winter Garden Flags Wonders

Think that winter is drab and dreary? Think again! With winter garden flags, you can transform your outdoor areas to reflect the many festivities that wintertime has to offer. It’s natural to anticipate the holiday seasons, so swap out your fall Thanksgiving flag to a colorful Advent, Christmas or holiday-themed flag to kick off your outdoor holiday decorating scheme. From snowmen, snow and poinsettias to winter birds like cardinals and wintertime-themed garden flags, there are winter-themed garden flags available for everyone. Check out our Poinsettia garden flag, our Let it Snow garden flag and our welcome Snowman garden flag. When the holidays are over, Valentine’s Day can create some festive decorative color. Check out our Happy Valentine’s Day Mini Banner Valentine garden flag.

More Outdoor Garden Décor There have been so many great additions to outdoor décor in recent years. Outdoor décor, including garden flags, can really highlight your home and spotlight your personality. From outdoor lighting, garden and lawn figurines, there is yard decoration that will brighten up your space — effortlessly. Be sure to shop our outdoor décor and yard decorations, many of which complement our garden flag selection. For example, check out our yard and garden stakes. From 4th of July decorations to decorative plant stakes and decorative garden stakes, these yard décor items are easy ways to add some fun.