July is National Blueberry Month!

Although we consider certain things, like baseball, apple pie and Coca-Cola, as 100% American, did you know that blueberries are a native American fruit? That’s right! The genus Vaccinium (which also includes cranberries, huckleberries and bilberries) is native to North America.

Unique Facts About Blueberries

Today, we understand the rich antioxidant effect that that these small berries possess; they are now grown commercially in more than 38 states, as well as in the Canadian provinces. More than 42,000 metric tons of blueberries are cultivated each year throughout the world, according to the United Nations Food & Agricultural Organization. To help celebrate national blueberry month, we’ve put together some facts and information so you can enjoy this very special, all-American fruit.

Blueberry Recipes

With its easy availability in fresh, frozen and canned varieties, it’s easier than ever to incorporate this versatile fruit into your favorite foods. Blueberry recipes are abundant in cookbooks and across the internet; one of the most popular recipes for summer is blueberry pie. If you’re making blueberry pie, our Non-Stick Pie Pan by Home-Style Kitchen is the perfect pie pan to use. Blueberry muffins and blueberry lemon cakes are ideal to bake in our Mini Loaf Pan and our Brownie Bar Pan muffin tins. Our favorite blueberry cake recipe is below.

Blueberries have the highest antioxidant capacity of any fruit. These antioxidants are important to help boost your immune system. They also help prevent infections, such as urinary tract infections. There are so many reasons to consult blueberry recipes and add these special fruits to daily diet!

Blueberry Lemon Cake

1 ¼ cup frozen blueberries

1 lemon

1 tbsp. powdered sugar

¾ cup white sugar

¼ cup melted butter

¼ tsp. salt

2 tsp. baking powder

2 eggs

¼ cup sour cream

1/3 cup milk

1 2/3 cups flour

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Grease our mini loaf pan or our brownie bar pan.

For Topping

  • Grate lemon zest onto a small plate.
  • Cut lemon in two halves and squeeze juice from both halves.
  • Whisk together 1 tbsp. of the lemon juice, 1 tsp. of the lemon zest and the powdered sugar in a small bowl. Set aside.

For Cake

  • Whisk white sugar, sour cream, melted butter, eggs, the remaining lemon zest and the remaining lemon juice in a large bowl. Stir in the milk, then set aside.
  • Whisk salt, baking powder and the flour in a large separate bowl. Remove 3 tbsp. of the flour mixture and set aside.
  • Make a well in middle of the flour mixture, then pour the milk in the well. Stir the batter until it is just combined.
  • Fold the blueberries into the reserved 3 tbsp. of the flour mixture. Then fold the blueberries into the batter.
  • Pour batter into the pan.
  • Bake until a knife or a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean (about 60 minutes).
  • Remove from oven.
  • Immediately poke holes over the top of the loaf with a toothpick.
  • Pour the topping evenly over the loaf.
  • Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing the cakes to cool completely on a wire rack.

Stock up and Enjoy

If you’re in a climate that is conducive to growing blueberries, you may be fortunate enough to have an abundance of berries nearby, just ripe for picking! Those who have had the pleasure of blueberry bushes in proximity know that a ton of berries can be produced by one blueberry bush. Because of this, it’s often necessary to learn how to store your blueberries. Even if you don’t have easy access to these power-packed fruits, sometimes during the peak of the season blueberry pints are so inexpensive, it’s a great idea to stock up and store them for a sweet treat throughout the winter months. Anyone who has tried to keep blueberries in their fridge knows that they can quickly turn moldy, however, so time is of the essence when dealing with a large number of blueberries.

How to Preserve Your Blueberry Bounty

Until you’re able to cook or preserve your blueberries, it is important to keep an eye on them to spot mold. If one of your blueberries is moldy, it’s important to remove it from your existing blueberries. One bad blueberry can cause your others to become inedible in the blink of an eye. To keep your blueberries fresh, don’t rinse them until you’re ready to use them. If they are rinsed, it’s important that blueberries remain dry until they’re used. Our set of two produce keepers are great to keep blueberries, as well as other fresh fruits and veggies, fresh until they’re needed. Keep your blueberries inside a crisper drawer in your fridge, away from the circulating air of the main compartment. If they are dried and stored properly, refrigerated berries will stay good for up to a week. Very ripe berries should be prepared for storage immediately. They can remain frozen and stored for several months. The best way to freeze blueberries is to spread them out in one layer on a rimmed baking or cookie sheet. After they are frozen, add them to a plastic freezer bag. Miles Kimball also has great selection of kitchen organization and food storage products that can help you keep these berries in great condition until they can be used in your favorite blueberry recipes. Check out our ten-piece Memory Seal Silicone Storage Set by Homestyle Kitchen or ten-piece Sealed Storage Set by Chef’s Pride. These storage solutions not only keep your blueberries fresh, but they can also keep other summer fruits and veggies safely in your freezer until they are ready to be enjoyed.

Blueberries: Small but Mighty

Blueberries are not only yummy, they are a healthy, easy way to get concentrated vitamins and antioxidants! It’s no wonder they have been popular for so many years and have been important enough to get their very own month to shine. We hope you’ll take the opportunity while they’re in season this month to enjoy these treasures and incorporate them into your very own favorite blueberry recipes at home.

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.

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.

Stay Healthy and Hydrated This Summer

Ah, summer. It’s the time of year when we enjoy the outdoors and take advantage of the wonderful warmer months. It is also the time of year when increased outdoor activity means that we need to up our hydration game. We’ve all heard that we should hydrate well, particularly during times of activity. Staying hydrated for optimal health is easier than you think. Read on to learn more about hydration and your health.

Hydration and Your Health: The Facts

Water makes up about 60% of the adult human body. However, did you know that this percentage changes throughout our lives? In utero, our bodies are made up of 94% water; infants are 75% water. As we age, our body’s water composition changes: the average elderly individual’s water composition can drop to 50%. As we take a closer look into water composition, individual organs vary too. The organ in the body that’s made up of the most water is the lungs (83% water), followed by the muscles and kidneys (79% water), the brain and the heart (73% water) the skin (64% water) — even the bones (31% water)! Staying hydrated is vital for your organs to function properly. Hydration regulates your body’s temperature, acts as a shock absorber for the brain and spinal cord, helps with digestion, forms saliva and lubricates joints.

How Much Water Should I Drink?

We’ve all been told that we should drink about eight glasses of water per day; however, this is a myth. The truth is that our water needs change and depend upon a lot of factors. These factors include our activity levels, how much we sweat, the climate we live in as well as our overall health. Individuals with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease, need more water. Eight glasses of water or liquids per day a great starting point. Take into account your personal activity levels (and the other factors described above) when determining how much water to drink per day.

How Can I Tell If I’m Getting Enough Water?

You can always tell if you’re getting enough water by the color of your urine. Of course, if you’re rarely running to the bathroom to urinate (less than four times a day is a warning sign), you’re definitely not getting enough water. That said, the color of well-hydrated urine is light yellow. In addition to urine, your hydration level can directly affect how you feel. If you are mildly dehydrated, you’ll likely have a headache, have dry skin or bad breath, you’ll feel tired or you will be unlikely to focus. Sudden and unusual cravings for sugar can also mean that you’re dehydrated. This is because dehydration interferes with many of the body’s function, including its ability to gain access to those stores of glucose. More severe signs that you’re not getting enough water is feeling dizzy or lightheaded. You may feel increasingly thirsty; if you’re thirsty that actually means that you’re already a bit dehydrated.

What are Some Easy Ways I Can Up My Water Intake?

Luckily, it’s fairly easy to stay hydrated. Although good, plain water is the best, the good news is that many other things count as a liquid, including herbal tea, coffee, milk, soup, juice, smoothies — even fruit! Love watermelon? Cut up some watermelon and take advantage of this great source of water; make your melons fun to eat with our stainless-steel cookie scoops for some decorative and easy-to-create melon balls. All of these items can count toward your daily water intake. If you prefer, filtered water, check out our clear water filtration pitcher. Keep it in the fridge for cold, filtered water to sip on throughout the day in your colorful 16-ounce insulated tumblers. Drink your coffee or tea out of a special personalized mug. Miles Kimball offers our personalized tea bag mug or our popular personalized coffee mug. Have a favorite NFL team? Check out our NFL coffee mug from Miles Kimball. Freshly squeezed juice is easy to enjoy and helps with hydration. Our 16-ounce citrus juicer by Home Marketplace is a great way to enjoy fresh orange juice. Keep your drinks cold with ice cubes, made with our aluminum ice cube trays.

Do I Need Sports Drinks?

With their fun flavors, sports drinks are often a favorite among people — both young and old. These flavored drinks are made mostly with water. They are also enhanced with electrolytes (sodium and potassium), as well as carbohydrates, and may contain glucose, fructose or high-fructose corn syrup. Some of the newer drinks are enhanced with vitamins and protein. Some studies have shown that individuals who are continuously and vigorously exercising may lose a lot of electrolytes (such as sodium, potassium, calcium, chlorine, phosphates and magnesium). Electrolyte depletion can cause cramps and heat illness. If you are exercising in warm weather and are sweating a lot, these sports drinks may be beneficial to you. However, experts also agree that water is still the best solution for high-performance athletes. Electrolytes can be replenished without the use of those sports drinks, which may include added sugars or artificial sweeteners. Instead, opt for bananas, coconut water, dairy and avocado to replace your lost electrolytes.

Hydration and Health

It’s important to stay hydrated, and we’ve explored the ways that you can stay hydrated and healthy this summer. Do you have some tips and tricks that you’ve found to stay hydrated and healthy? What do you, your kids or your grandkids do to make staying hydrated for health fun? Leave a comment below to share.

Must Have Gadgets for Quick and Easy Meal Prep

Whether you are cooking for your family or expecting guests, food is the best way to show others how much you care. While spending all day in the kitchen making an elaborate meal can definitely let people know you value and appreciate them, you probably don’t have that much time. Thus, easy meal prep is necessary, and you are probably always on the lookout for easy meal prep ideas.

When it comes to making meals quick and easy, you need to have the right food prep tools. There are many gadgets in the world that can help you accomplish a variety of tasks, but below are some of the meal prep must haves that you should add to your list.

Easy Twist Jar Opener

One of the most frustrating parts of cooking is not being able to open your supplies. This can add time to the meal prep, and may make you consider making a completely new dish. To make things easier, you need an easy twist jar opener. This tool has the ability to help you open a variety of different sized jars quickly and easy. Whether it’s a jar of pickles, sandwich spread or another item, you won’t have to worry about hurting yourself or asking for help after adding this tool to your kitchen.

Bamboo Expandable Cutlery Drawer Organizer

When it comes to easy meal prep, one of the best ways to make food quick and easy is to be organized. When you know where everything is, you can grab it and get to work. To save yourself precious time digging through drawers to find your meal prep tools, get the bamboo expandable cutlery drawer organizer and always know where your utensils are.

Multi-Function Turkey & Barbeque Baster Set

Getting together with friends and family for holidays or other special occasions can be a lot of fun. When it comes to meal prep tools that make feeding the crowd quick and easy, you’ll want to get the Multi Function Turkey & Barbeque Baster Set.

These food prep tools can be used for a variety of different chores and are good at Thanksgiving and for the 4th of July—as well as any time in between. Once you add these to your kitchen accessories, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them. The set comes with a baster, brusher and infuser, so you can add spices and injections to any food you might be cooking.

Bamboo Rooster Cutting Board

When it comes to tools to make meal prep easy, having a cutting board is imperative. It protects your countertops from damage and contains messes to an easy to clean surface. Of course, you don’t have to pick a boring cutting board. If you want to add some style and whimsy to your kitchen, then you should consider getting a bamboo rooster cutting board.

Once you are done using this item, you won’t to hide it away in a cupboard. It is functional as well as aesthetically pleasing, so when it’s not in use, you can use it as a decoration. Since it is constructed of bamboo, you can rest assured knowing it is mold- and mildew-resistant, as well as incredibly durable and strong. It is also made from a renewable resource, so you can feel good that you are doing something nice for the environment.

Rolling Meat Tenderizer

Every so often, the meals you decide to make for your family needs some extra attention. However, that doesn’t mean it should take more time to prepare. If you have meat that needs some tenderizing, then you need the rolling meat tenderizer.

This gadget is made from stainless steel and has a jagged surface and the right amount of weight to make steaks, pork chops or chicken nice and tender for you and your family’s eating pleasure. The long handle keeps your fingers away from the sharp edges, and the fact that it rolls means you won’t have to overexert yourself to create a delicious meal.

Stainless Steel Cake Server

If you enjoy having guests over, then you probably enjoy serving cake. To ensure that every slice is the same size and the cake doesn’t fall apart during the cutting process, you need the stainless steel cake server. This useful gadget can also lift the cake away from the plate for you. This utensil will add style and sophistication to any get together, include birthday parties, holidays, anniversaries and more!

You enjoy cooking for friends and family, but you don’t want to spend the entire day in the kitchen. If you’re always looking for easy meal prep ideas, then you are looking for ways to make the process faster. There are tools to make meal prep easy, and investing in them is worth the time and effort.

Spice Measuring Spoons

Letting your family and friends know you love them through food means adding the right amount of spice. When it comes to meal prep must haves, you should look into getting spice measuring spoons.

These measuring spoons are designed with smaller spice bottles in mind, and the narrow shape makes it possible for even the tablespoon to fit into a spice jar. They are constructed from stainless steel and are dishwasher safe. Not only do they make meal prep quick and easy, but cleaning them is also a breeze.

Top 10 Favorite Candies

There are certain times throughout the year when candy becomes an incredibly important part of life. This often occurs at Halloween, but Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas are other times when indulging your sweet tooth is acceptable.

However, you shouldn’t limit yourself to these specific times of year when it comes to enjoying your favorite candies. Live a little and consume these delicacies whenever you want. Below are some of the top 10 candies that you should consider eating whenever the cravings strike.

1. Candies from Childhood

If you’re like most people, then your love of candy developed when you were a child. Your first taste of the sugary sweetness opened up a whole new world of flavors that you didn’t know existed. You would do anything for that candy, including finishing all of your dinner.

Every generation has candy that defines them, and you probably have great memories of those flavors. When it comes to your candy favorites, it’s possible to find the items you enjoyed as a child. You can find top candies from the 1950s all the way up to the 1990s, including the decades in between. Take a trip down memory lane and enjoy the sweets that got you started on candy in the first place.

2. Fruity Candies

Fruity candies have the ability to add some elegance and variable flavors to any candy dish. They are great to set out for guests to enjoy. They are also a great way to finish off any meal or as a snack during the middle of the day. If fruity candies are some of your favorite candies, then you need to try some Italian candies that have been delighting people for generations.

3. Peanut Butter and Chocolate

If there is a classic combination of candy that is hard to resist, it’s peanut butter and chocolate. It was like these two items were made to go together, and many people have this item in their top 10 candies.

There are so many different types of peanut butter and chocolate candies to choose from, but some of the best include Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pillows. They are melt-in-your-mouth soft and perfectly balance the chocolate and peanut butter flavors. Indulge your taste buds with this classic and delectable candy favorite.

4. Hard Candies

For many, when eating their favorite candies, they want the flavor to last. They want to enjoy the taste sensation for as long as possible, so they turn their sights to hard candies. These treats come in a variety of different flavors and forms, and they have the ability to last for a long time. Whether you are looking for smaller candies or Old Fashioned Candy Sticks, there is a hard candy that will make you happy.

5. Sugar-Free Candies

If you are unable to eat sugar for whatever reason, then sugar-free candies are probably high on your favorites list. If you’re looking for a way to indulge your sweet tooth and bring back memories from your childhood, then you’ll want to get the Sugar-Free Nostalgic Candy Tin. With five different types of candy, you’ll be able to enjoy the flavors from yesteryear and not feel guilty about eating them.

6. Candies with Nuts

If you enjoy candy that has a bit of texture and indulgent flavors, then some of your top candies probably include those with nuts. Whether it is chocolate with pecan pralines or a soft almond nougat bar, there are many options that are full of rich flavors and indulgent.

7. Advent Calendar

Most of the candies on this list are things you can enjoy throughout the entire year. You are more than likely not going to be buying a Chocolate Advent Calendar in July, but you should consider getting one in December. Not only is this a delicious way to count down the days until Christmas, but it’s a favorite among kids and adults alike. Start or continue a holiday tradition by adding this to your festivities.

8. Fancy Candies

Many people have sophisticated taste buds, and they want to satisfy their sugar cravings with something on the fancy side. Luckily, there are candies that can accomplish this task. One of the most favorite fancy candies includes cherry cordials.

Combining cherries in decadent, rich syrup and surrounding them with milk and dark chocolate makes these candies irresistible and luxurious. Whether you are throwing a party and trying to impress your guests or just want something after a long day, these candies can help you accomplish your goals.

9. Saltwater Taffy

People from all walks of life enjoy the variety of flavors and soft texture of saltwater taffy, making this one of the top candies for a lot of people. It brings back memories from childhood, as well as makes the present a little sweeter. If you haven’t enjoyed this sweet treat recently, it’s time to remind yourself what makes this candy so delicious.

10. Caramels

The creamy smooth taste of caramel is appealing to a lot of people. Whether you are eating it as a hard candy or indulging in the sweetness of soft chews, eating caramel throughout the day is a great way to bring a smile to your face.

There’s no rule that says candy can only be eaten at certain times of the year. Indulging in your candy favorites whenever you get the craving can make you happy—and everyone deserves to be happy.

Cookbooks Never Go Out of Style

Dining out isn’t the only way to add variety to your everyday meals. Cookbooks can be a fun way to change up your at-home menu and learn new skills in the kitchen, saving you the expense and hassle of a restaurant meal and making it easy to prepare a variety of delicious meals. With a well-rounded collection of cookbooks, you’ll never run out meal ideas.

Miles Kimball carries a selection of excellent cookbooks to add to your collection, including options for healthy eating, quick meals, and more.

Copper Skillet Cooking Cookbook
Kickstart your eating with the Copper Skillet Cooking Cookbook, packed with 58 nutritious, easy-to-make recipes that are bursting with flavor. With meal-planning ideas and suggestions for foods to eat, limit, and avoid, this informative cookbook puts eating within easy reach. The Copper Skillet Cooking helps you unlock all the magic of this durable, versatile nonstick pan!

Air Fryer Cookbook
Make the most of your air fryer with the Air Fryer Cookbook, a collection of 117 recipes that anyone can prepare. Designed to serve as the perfect companion to your electric air fryer, this cookbook is filled with recipes for every meal of the day, including vegetables and appetizers, desserts, meats, and side dishes.

Woman’s Day Easy Everyday Dinners Enjoy delicious dinners every night of the week with this compilation of recipes from the popular Women’s Day magazine. Organized into useful categories like “No Cook,” “20 Minute Meals,” and “Under 400 Calories,” this cookbook makes dinner prep easier than ever.

Make Now Eat Later Book
Save yourself time by mastering the art of meal prep with this handy cookbook, which provides detailed information about easy ways to simplify your approach to delicious meals.

Rediscover your cooking creativity and learn a variety of new, delicious recipes by stocking your kitchen shelves with cookbooks from Miles Kimball.

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Make Healthy Cooking Simple with these Microwave Accessories

Healthy eating doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming, and there’s no need to dirty countless pans and utensils whipping up your everyday meals. With these useful microwave accessories from Miles Kimball, you can prepare a variety of delicious and nutritious dishes in minutes. Here are a just a few of the products we offer that make it easy to enjoy healthy meals anytime:

Microwave Egg Muffin Cooker
With the Microwave Egg Muffin Cooker, you can enjoy a tasty, protein-packed breakfast sandwich with minimal effort. Crack your eggs directly into the cooker, then add the mix-ins of your choice, including cheese, bacon, ham, or veggies. Free of BPA and easy to clean, the Microwave Egg Muffin Cooker is a must-have for your mornings. 

Vented Microwave Cover
Enjoy the convenience and versatility of microwave cooking without any of the clean-up, thanks to this Vented Microwave Cover. The large, domed-shape lid fits easily over bowls and plates to prevent frustrating splatter, ensuring even heating. With the stay-cool handle and vented design, you’ll be able to easily remove your food from the microwave after cooking is complete.

Prep Solutions Microwave Steamer
With the Prep Solutions Microwave Steamer, preparing healthy meals has never been easier. The large steamer tray makes it possible to prepare vegetables and protein at the same time, so you can cook an entire meal in just minutes. BPA-free and dishwasher-safe, this steamer tray offers the ultimate in convenient cooking.

Use your microwave oven to its fullest potential with the addition of a few simple accessories, so you can make a habit of choosing healthier food options without any of the hassle. Browse the full selection of cooking accessories and tools from Miles Kimball today to find other ways to simplify meal preparation and save yourself time in the kitchen.