A Summer to Remember: Storing & Displaying Your Summer Photos

Summer is the time of year when we visit friends, embark on road trips or head to family reunions. Those get-togethers will likely mean that cameras and smartphones will be a frequent sight. Of course, you want to preserve all these special moments!

As a result of these happy photo opportunities, you’ll likely have many, many photographs to store and to display. It’s frustrating when it’s difficult to find those photos you want to share, especially when they’re of your kids and your grandkids. That’s why properly storing and organizing your summer photo memories is so important. Check out Kimball Corner for ways to show off those memories, as well as how to preserve and store your photos with our favorite photo storage boxes and frames.

Store Your Summer Memories

Displaying Your Summer Photos

It’s comforting to be surrounded by those you love. Photos are an opportunity to have those precious moments in time as a daily reminder of the summer fun. One way to show off those summer photo memories is to display them in decorative picture frames, available at Miles Kimball. Create a wall of framed photos with a specific theme (for example, a black and white photo theme or a collage of a special vacation) for a striking photo display that will be both artistic and heartwarming.

Unique Photo Frames

At Miles Kimball, you’ll find wonderfully unique photo frames in many different styles, sizes and shapes. Many of our photo frames can be personalized, so these pictures and their displays will be extra-meaningful to you and your family. Hang them, set them out on tables or on bookshelves as a constant reminder of the people you love. In addition to summer-themed photo frames, you’ll find other selections that are ideal for other occasions and holidays. Show off your grandkids’ cute costumes in Halloween-themed photo frames, celebrate first communions or graduations. Miles Kimball has all the frames, both personalized and non-personalized, that will bring you pride and joy every time you look at them. (Psst! Personalized photo frames make great gifts, too.)

Personalized Photo Frame for Summer Memories

Photo Storage Boxes for Organizing Your Memories

Storage and organization is a challenge for many household items. This can be especially true for photos. Given the nature of your summer photo memories, you want to ensure that these memories are safe and are at your fingertips when you need them. Perhaps you’re wanting to organize these photos for later use in photo albums or in scrapbooks.

Today’s photo storage solutions from Miles Kimball make it easier than ever to keep these summer photos together and organized. Our plastic photo storage boxes provide multiple containers that are just the right size for your vacation photos, family reunion photos or photos of family visits. Choose between 7-piece photo storage box sets or large 17-piece storage box sets, each with individual acid-free containers that will provide safe-keeping for your treasured photos until you need them. The lids snap tightly closed and keep your photos free from dust, debris and dampness. Individually label each of these clever containers by year, by family or by occasion. When the time comes to organize your summer photos in albums (or to show them off to friends!), you’ll know exactly where to look.

17 Piece Photo Storage Box

Photo Albums

Whether you’re a scrapbooking guru or you want to begin organizing your photo collection better, photo albums are the way to go. It’s important, however, that you choose the right photo albums for the job: cheap photo albums can cause damage to your precious photos. You want to find top-notch albums that will offer the protection you need as well as with plenty of room, beautiful bindings and classic presentations that you’ll be proud of. Look for acid-free paper, non-adhesive backing pages and high-quality plastic. Cutting corners with cheap photo albums can cause issues later.

Miles Kimball Exposures photo albums have all of what you need. These beautiful, keepsake-worthy photo albums will not only beautifully display those summer photos, they’ll also look stunning when arranged on bookshelves or on coffee tables. Our high-quality leather photo albums can be personalized with dates, names or special events. Want to commemorate your granddaughter’s graduation from college and the party that went along with it? These albums are excellent for all of life’s memories, such as a special family vacation or road trip that you never want to forget. We even offer wedding albums that are specially made to create a stunning presentation of that super-special family event.

Our Exposures photo albums are perfect to keep those memories all in one place and at your fingertips. Choose from many different sizes, colors and style options. We also offer non-personalized photo albums, which allow you to label your album to your preference. Arrange by dates, events and more. With these high-quality photo albums, it’s easy to create something perfect.

Enjoy, Appreciate and Love Your Summer Photos

Summer is the time to shine; the warm weather beckons us to get together, make memories and enjoy each other. Enjoy all that summer has to offer with these ideas that will allow you to enjoy the many photographs taken to commemorate those memories. With Miles Kimball, it’s easy to do with all our great ideas to enjoy, appreciate and love your summer photos.

5 Easy Summer Heat Hacks: Stay Cool this Summer

Hot Summer Days
Those Hot Summer Days Can Be a Challenge

The dark and cold winter days made us long for the warmth of the summer sun. Now that we’re in those dog days of summer, reality has set in. It’s hot! At Kimball Corner, we’ve put together some summer heat hacks that will help you beat that heat and stay comfortable when those temperatures soar.

#1 Heat Hack: Use Cooling Items to Stay Comfortable at Night

Sometimes, the toughest part of the summer heat is getting comfortable at night when you go to bed. This is even tougher if there is no air conditioning in your home; the heat can really damper a good night’s sleep. Miles Kimball has some great products that will help you stay comfortable at night and escape that heat of the day. Sheets made of 100% cotton often have a soothing, cool touch when you crawl into bed at night. A light sheet and blanket will also help; no need to have that comforter on-hand during those summer months. A cooling under sheet will also help you stay comfortable. Our cool-to-the-touch Simply Cool Under Sheet uses cooling technology that feels amazing when your room is hot. This product is also a great barrier between your cotton sheets and your mattress. Mattresses often contain materials that can cause discomfort in the summer (think hot memory foam). Another way you can stay cool is to take a cool shower before bedtime, dry off lightly and go to bed when slightly damp, while a quality oscillating fan circulates the air in your room. Cooling pillow wraps also add a measure of comfort to your nighttime routine.

#2 Heat Hack: Opt for Cool, Comfortable Clothing

Staying cool during the summer days can also be challenging when the temperatures are high. When you’re choosing your clothing for the day, opt for cotton fabrics that are cooling and comfortable to beat that summer heat. Loose-fitting clothing is a must-have in your closet, as are comfortable undergarments. Miles Kimball has you covered in both areas. Check out our selection of cool, comfortable clothes, like our Poly Knit Lounger by Sawyer Creek and Cool Comfort Clogs . These items not only keep you comfortable during the heat of the day, they are available in colorful styles that look great when company drops by.

Cool, Comfortable and Stylish

Comfortable, non-binding undergarments are also important — particularly bras. Miles Kimball has cooling bras that will help keep that heat away from your body with thoughtful mesh fabrics, while providing support that you need throughout your day. Opt for our Easy Comforts Style™ Mesh Cooling Comfort Bra or the easy-on Easy Comforts Style™ Cooling Zip Front Bra. To help alleviate moisture underneath the bust, our Cotton Bra Liners are available in convenient sets of three. We also have a great selection of cooling socks and leg items, such as our Cooling Therapy Knee High Socks.  For tired legs after a long day, don’t miss our Cold Gel Calf Wraps, which can be refrigerated to provide cooling support to your legs.

#3 Heat Hack: Keep the Heat Out During the Day

It is often tough to keep your home cool during the day. This might be the most important summer heat hack of them all, especially if your home is not air conditioned. Keeping your windows open at night and closed during the day will help you stay comfortable and those temperatures down. This trick will keep cooler temps “trapped” inside your home. During the day, deflect the hot summer sun, which can cause the temperatures within your home to soar. A good pair of insulated window panel curtains is a must-have during the summer months (as well as the winter months, too!). Check out our Microfiber Energy Saving Curtains in a wide range of colors to help your home remain cool throughout the hot summer days. Leave your fans running to help keep that cool air moving during the day. At night when the sun goes down and the temperatures drop a bit, open your curtains and your windows to ease discomfort and stuffiness in your home. The old-fashioned trick of placing a bowl of ice cubes in front of a fan is a great way to keep cooler air moving, too.

#4 Heat Hack: Add Cooling Items to Seats

Individuals who lack mobility face special challenges during the summer. For those who are homebound and are confined to chairs and wheelchairs, the summer can be particularly uncomfortable. Miles Kimball has ways to keep your seating from overheating during the day.

Adding a cooling pad to a chair, a recliner or a wheelchair can help keep your bottom cool. Cooling gel technology adds comfort to your seating areas. These versatile pads are also portable: add them to the seat of your car to keep you comfortable when running errands or taking road trips during the heat of the summer day.

#5 Heat Hack: Choose No-Bake Meals and Stay Hydrated

Sometimes during the heat of summer, it is tough to think about cooking. The heat of the oven can really cause your indoor temperatures to rise. For this reason, think about no-bake meals that are healthy and filling. Fruits and raw veggies are great ways to stay sated and hydrated. Check out our large section of Microwave Cookware, these gadgets make no-bake cooking a breeze.

Be sure to drink water throughout the day, too. Adding ice to 100% fruit juice and water will cool you down from the inside out. Our Polar Ice™ Cube No Spill Honeycomb Ice Tray is a great way to have ice that is easy to access when you need it. Freeze cucumber slices, fruit and other tasty items to your ice cubes for a cooling treat.

Summer: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

Although they may be uncomfortable, summer days are fleeting. If you’re able, now is a great time to get out and enjoy the warm days and soak up the vitamin D, replenishing those depleted vitamin levels in your body that may have dropped during the dark winter months. Enjoy these summer days and apply our tips to help you manage the heat of summer.

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Until Next Time,

Your Friends at Kimball Corner

Summer Outdoor Home Maintenance Tips

It’s summer! Now is the time to gather your to-do list for your home’s summer maintenance plans to make sure your ducks are in a row for the upcoming fall, winter and spring. The summer months are the time of year when you need to be especially cognizant of home maintenance, taking care of your home’s exterior (and interior) areas to ensure they’re in good shape. With the pleasant, longer days, you’re able to do so much more outdoors! Miles Kimball has a great selection of outdoor home tips, as well as products, that make spring and summer cleaning fast and easy. We’ve put together four important summer outdoor home maintenance tips to ensure that all those essential tasks are checked off your list.

Clean Windows

When the sun is shining during the summer months, it’s easier than ever to spot those dirty windows. Springtime’s pollen and rains may have left your windows looking cloudy and streaked. Clean windows let more of that sweet sunshine in and provide a brighter, clearer view of all your summertime flowers and beautiful plants. Now is the time to clean them well, both inside and out. Although it’s quite easy to use your favorite traditional window washing method for ground-level windows, high and second story windows and windows can cause a little bit of a problem. A telescopic window washer, like our Long Handle Window Cleaner, is a great tool to have on hand. Thanks to its six-sectioned handle, it can be easily modified to take on those hard-to-reach windows. This must-have tool reaches up to 10 feet and has a two-sided cleaning head that features a foam scrubber on one side and a rubber squeegee on the other. It also includes a hook-and-loop microfiber sleeve that works great for ceiling fans and other light fixtures.

Empty Gutters

Debris, such as leaves, twigs and pine needles, has a way of clogging up gutters throughout the year. Dirty, debris-packed gutters, if they are left unattended and are not properly cleaned, can lead to roof and foundation issues. Keeping your gutters well cleaned is much easier (and less expensive) than paying for repairs down the road. To keep your gutters performing well, it’s important to clean them well at least once a year, depending on how many trees you have surrounding your home. The perfect time to do so is when the temperatures are nice. Experts suggest that the latest that gutter cleaning be performed is in the fall to prevent issues like ice dams over the winter. Miles Kimball has a great selection of home maintenance and gutter cleaning options, such as our handy Telescopic Gutter Brush. This aluminum brush extends up to 6 feet so you can easily clean the leaves, twigs and other debris from your gutters. Our Home & Gutter Flusher is also a great choice. This tool attaches to a standard garden hose and adds pressure to the water flow, quickly and easily blasting debris from your gutters and downspouts.

Trim Shrubs

Overgrown shrubs not only look messy and unkempt, they can be damaging to your siding and your home’s exterior. When greenery is allowed to grow too close to your home’s exterior, it can affect moisture evaporation and air circulation. This can ultimately cause mold, rot and other issues. During the summer, it’s easy to trim these shrubs to keep them away from your home’s siding, brick or stucco. It’s particularly easy if you have a sharp, easy-to-use tool that makes trimming and pruning quick and easy. Our Lightweight Garden Sheers provide a strong, yet easy to manage, way to trim small to medium-sized branches. From rose bushes to landscape shrubbery, our hedge shears are a must-have in your garden tool lineup.

Storage

Summer is a great time to clean out your sheds, tidy your outdoor storage areas and reassess your needs. Keeping all your spring, summer and fall gardening items in good condition and on-hand when they’re needed is important. Luckily, Miles Kimball is the place to go for your garden and garage storage and organization needs. Hoses can be a particular issue during summertime; a hose without convenient storage and organization can become quite tangled and can ultimately break and crack. Our Hose Holder is an affordable way to keep your hose neatly nestled next to your home, so it is ready for use whenever it is needed. For garages and sheds, keep your gardening tools and other items organized with our Corner Garden Tool Rack or our Garden Tool Organizer. Having a designated place to keep your shears, shovels, rakes and hoes makes it much easier to find them. Otherwise, these items have a way of taking over your garage.

Miles Kimball: Your Source for Outdoor Products

Make the most of what’s left of the summer and keep your lawn and garden area looking beautiful. You’ll find everything you need to create a colorful and well-tended garden at Miles Kimball. Shop here for lawn and gardening tools, planters and hanging baskets as well as garden rolls that are fun and easy. Don’t miss our outdoor lawn décor, including bird feeders, garden flags as well as spinners, chimes and windsocks.

Enjoy the Warmth and Complete Summer Tasks Go ahead — enjoy the warm summer months! However, make sure that you take care of those home maintenance tasks while the warmth is abundant. Before you know it, it will be time to pack things up for fall and winter.

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.

Miles Kimball has the Cure for Summer Boredom

Everybody looks forward to summer, adults and kids alike. Not only do they all get to experience warmer weather together, as well as more quality time, but schedules are usually more flexible. With longer days, there’s more time for fun.

However, it seems like it doesn’t take long before the thrill of being out of school and work wears off. Boredom sets in. To ensure that the boredom doesn’t last for too long, there are some activities you might consider doing, and Miles Kimball is here to help.

Spend Time in Your Yard

One of the best ways to stay busy throughout the summer is to start a garden. This is something that everyone in the family can participate in and enjoy. A garden is a great way to get the entire family outside for some fresh air and sun. You’ll also feel a huge sense of pride knowing that you were able to grow your own delicious food. If you are wondering how to plant a garden, there are resources that can help with that endeavor.

If growing food isn’t your thing but you’re still looking for a way to get rid of summer boredom and make your yard look good, then you might consider planting some easy to grow garden flowers. You can add some color and dazzle to every part of your yard. With the right choices, you can also attract butterflies. Trying to catch them or just admiring their beauty is a great way to have some fun over the summer.

Keeping your yard looking immaculate and free of weeds is another great way to fend off boredom this summer — but the process doesn’t have to be back breaking. With the right yardwork tools, you can keep your property looking good without hurting your back, knees or hands.

Get Together with Friends and Family

Another sure-fire way to have fun this summer is to host get-togethers with your friends and family — and it doesn’t have to be a special occasion for everyone to party! Consider inviting them over at other times to get rid of boredom and give yourself something to do.

Having the right supplies is essential to ensure that your party is a success (and a portable hammock doesn’t hurt, either). You’ll want to make your backyard look good with table covers, and you’ll need to protect the food from insects. It’s also a good idea to have durable dishes that won’t break if accidentally dropped on your patio.

In addition to the practical items, another way to make your backyard look good for gatherings is to have the right lighting. This will allow your party to go into the night so that you can have fun all hours of the day. String lights, solar lights and hanging lanterns will add a special ambience to your backyard space and make it inviting and comfortable no matter who comes to visit.

While lighting adds something special to your outdoor space, it’s not the only thing you can use to decorate. Adding decorative yard stakes or other decorations to your yard is a great way to make your property stand out. You can even personalize certain items to really show off your style.

Bring the Fun Indoors

While getting outside during the summer is the ideal situation to get rid of boredom, there are some days when staying inside is necessary. Whether it’s raining or way too hot to be in the yard, having things to do inside will keep boredom at bay.

Having books can help with this endeavor. Adults enjoy coloring just as much as kids do, so having a variety of coloring books on hand can be beneficial. Spend some time at the kitchen table creating colorful images that can be hung on the fridge or even the wall.

If coloring isn’t everyone’s thing, then doing some word puzzle books will keep the entire family entertained on the days when they are stuck inside. Playing games can also get everyone laughing and help them forget about their boredom.

For kids (and even adults) who want to express their artistic side, having a paint set and easel in the house is a great way to get the creative juices flowing. Another way to create items by hand is to sew. With the right supplies, everyone in the family can make something useful that can be used all year long.

Fun for All

Summer is right around the corner, and kids and adults alike are looking forward to the freedom this time of year brings. Of course, with so much time on your hands, you may find that there are moments of boredom. Thankfully, at Miles Kimball, we offer a variety of options to ensure everyone has fun over the summer and throughout the year. Check out our selection today!

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 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.

Our Favorite Maple Cookie Recipe – Fall Maple Cookies

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

Maple Syrup in North America

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

A New England Treat

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

The Benefits of Maple Sugar

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

What Kind of Syrup Should I Use for Maple Cookies?

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

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

Kitchen and Serving Essentials at Miles Kimball

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

Maple Cookies’ Ingredients

1 cup butter, room temperature

1 cup brown sugar, packed

1 large egg

1 cup real maple syrup

2 teaspoons Watkins Pure Vanilla Extract  

2 teaspoons baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

4 cups all-purposed flour (bleached or unbleached)

1/3 cup granulated sugar (for decoration)

Maple Sugar Cookies: Step-by-Step Directions

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

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

Shop Miles Kimball

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

Let Us Know How Your Cookies Turned Out

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

Get Your Outdoor Furniture Ready for Fall

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

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

Clean and Cover Your Outdoor Furniture

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

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

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

Clean Gutters

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

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

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

Caring for Hoses and Outdoor Spigots

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

Organize and Tidy Outdoor Spaces

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

Fall Prep is Easy with Miles Kimball

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