Small Home Design

Small home design is no easy task when you’re faced with cramped rooms, tiny closets and narrow bathrooms. It becomes a lot harder to figure out where everything should go.

Don’t fret, though — there are plenty of ways to make the most of modest areas. Miles Kimball has put together five design ideas for small spaces, along with affordable products and unique finds to turn these ideas into your reality. Read on to learn why we’ve been chosen by families to decorate and furnish their homes since 1935.

Picture showing a living room furnished with a couch, coffee table, and clear floor space.

Small Home Design Tips & Tricks

1) Keep the Floor Clear

When there isn’t a lot of space to begin with, you need to keep as much of the floor clear as possible. You can limit the amount of furniture in the room and place large objects around the perimeter instead of in the center.

If the room requires larger items, such as shelves, think vertically instead of horizontally. Over-door storage provides a convenient place to hang coats, handbags, books and food containers without using a single inch of floor space. Our Over-the-Door Storage Racks and Over-the-Door Hanger Set are great solutions, creating valuable back-of-door storage space.

2) Add Extra Lighting

Good lighting will make a space feel brighter, larger and more inviting. You can allow in as much natural light as possible through a window or add light fixtures to brighten up a space. Table and floor lamps, such as our Read Anywhere Lamp, provide a warm glow. If you don’t have the floor space for a lamp, consider pendant lights, sconces or other hanging and wall lights.

Picture showing a living room layout furnished with compact furniture that serve multiple purposes.

3) Use Multifunctional Furniture Designed for Small Spaces

Compact furniture is a great way to save floor space, especially if the furniture performs more than one function. Shop for multipurpose furniture, such as ottomans with storage compartments or kids’ chairs that double as footstools. Folding furniture and rolling furniture, like our Tray Table With Wheels, also make great space-saving solutions. When not in use, this furniture can easily be moved or stored, freeing up room for other activities.

4) Design with Mirrors

Mirrors are great for small spaces, reflecting natural and artificial light around the room. Not only does this make the room brighter, but it also creates the illusion of more space. You can hang one large mirror or several smaller mirrors to achieve a noteworthy effect. High-shine reflective materials like glossy tiles, lacquered white wall paint and polished marble countertops achieve a similar effect.

Picture shows a sitting area with many plants and flowers in the space.

5) Design With Plants and Flowers

Greenery is one of the best ways to add beauty, liveliness and style to a space. A few plants in a space will make you feel as a good inside as you do relaxing outside on a summer day. Just be careful not to overcrowd the space with plants, as this will make a small space feel cramped.

If you lack a green thumb and are worried about tending to your plants, artificial hanging flower baskets are another lovely option. Faux indoor plants, such as the Mysterious Air Fern®, OakRidge™ Fully Assembled Spider Basket, OakRidge™ Artificial Pothos Hanging Basket Planter and OakRidge™ False Fern Hanging Planter Basket, offer natural-looking charm without needing water or sunlight.

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What’s Old is New – Furniture Preservation

Wood Furniture Preservation

New: Miles Kimball Has Products for Furniture Preservation

The furniture in your home is more than just functional. It also adds to the aesthetic value of your space. If you have antique furniture that has been handed down for generations, it can also hold memories of good times spent with loved ones. To ensure that your pieces continue to look good for a long time and can be used on a daily basis, you need to protect and maintain them. To that end, we’ve included a few furniture preservation tips for your treasured home furniture.

The Importance of Antique Furniture Preservation

No matter what type of antique furniture you have, whether it’s a kitchen table, couch, chairs, coffee table or other item, you want them to look good and last for as long as possible. To do this, you need to take care of them. If your items happen to have some scratches or dings, the first thing you might consider is doing some wood furniture restoration.

When it comes to furniture refinishing and repair, the most important step you can take is to oil and wax regularly. This may not completely rid the surface of the characteristics that have been added through the years, but it will make it shiny. In addition, the oil and was also add a protective layer, reducing the chances of new scratches and dents appearing in the surface.

Other options you might consider when it comes to preserving wood is to make sure you use the right cleaning products. You should be dusting your wood items on a regular basis with a soft, dry cloth, and microfiber cloths can help with that endeavor.

Products for Antique Furniture Preservation

After you have gone through the process of restoring your furniture finish, you’ll then want to protect your items. There are many different products that can help with furniture preservation, including the following:

Table Covers

When it comes to antique tables, adding table covers will help protect them from scratches, nicks and spills. If your table is exposed to a lot of light, a table cover is essential to keep the wood from fading or drying out.

Furniture Socks

The legs of your antique furniture can incur damage as well. To reduce the chances of this happening, add furniture socks to your table and chairs. These not only protect your antique furniture, but the prevent floors from harm as well.

Chair Cushions

To protect the chairs around your dining table, you might consider adding some cushions. Not only will these reduce the chances of the surface getting damaged, but it will also make them incredibly comfortable for people to sit on.

Chair Furniture Preservation

Furniture Covers

Furniture covers are a great way to protect antique couches and chairs. When it comes to wrappings for furniture, you have the option of covering all or part of your furniture. Any option you choose can help protect against fading from the sun, spills or wear and tear from constant use.

Furniture Savers

Another option is furniture savers. These vinyl-covered accessories prevent sagging that comes with age and use. Your furniture will feel new when you add furniture savers under the cushions.

Furniture That Lasts a Lifetime and Beyond

Having “old” furniture can add some personality and style to your home. After you’ve gone through the process of antique restoration, you need to maintain and protect your items so that they last for a long time. At Miles Kimball, we have a variety of products to choose from, so start shopping today!

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New Year, New Hobbies

Crafting materials for new hobbies.

A new year gives you the chance to make improvements to your life. If you’ve been thinking about picking up some new hobbies, now is the best time. Not only will hobbies keep you busy, but they can also help relieve stress, improve skills you already possess and increase your knowledge.

If you are curious about what type of hobbies to pick up, there are numerous options to choose from. Here at Miles Kimball, we want to see you become the best person possible, so we have some hobby ideas for you to consider, as well as the supplies you’ll need to get started.

New Hobbies to Consider

If you are ready to learn a new hobby this year, here are some of the things you’ll want to consider. Remember, the goal of engaging in hobbies is to help you relax and learn new skills, so look for something that is challenging but enjoyable.

Sewing Hobbies

If you’re looking for creative hobby ideas for adults, one thing you might consider is taking up sewing. There are different projects you can make, and each one will keep you busy for as long as you want. You can choose simpler crafts such as latch hook projects, or you can get a sewing machine to learn how to make clothes and other items for your home.

You might also consider taking up cross stitching, which can keep you busy for hours or days. No matter which option you choose, sewing will give you the chance to relax and fill you with a sense of accomplishment when you complete a project.

Crafting Hobbies

When it comes to crafting hobbies for adults, there are several options to consider. You might think about taking up painting. Looking for a less messy alternative? Try drawing or coloring in adult coloring books, which allows you to still create masterpieces without the mess.

If you find that coloring isn’t really your thing, then you might look into sticker by number options. Again, you’ll be able to create amazing pictures, while also reducing stress and exercising your brain at the same time!

Baking Hobbies

If you’re looking for fun hobbies for couples, why not get into baking? This is a great way to spend some quality time together and create some delectable treats and dishes. For the best outcomes, make sure you have the right baking accessories.

Man and woman baking together,

Play Games

When looking for other at home hobbies for couples, you might consider playing games. Again, this will encourage quality time spent with your loved one, and it may even bring out the competitive side in the both of you. Playing games is a great way to bond and create memories, as well as relax and increase knowledge.

The Best Hobby

When it comes to finding the best hobby ideas for adults, there are many different options to choose from. You want to find something that will keep you engaged and interested, but don’t be afraid to try out several hobbies and interests before finding the one (or more!) that you truly enjoy. To ensure you have the right products for your hobby, don’t forget to shop at Miles Kimball!

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Top Kitchen Gadgets

Two of the most important and time-consuming tasks you take on during the day include cooking and cleaning. These tasks have to be done, but they don’t have to be daunting. That’s when using top kitchen & cleaning gadgets are a must.

At Miles Kimball, we know how valuable your time is, and we want to make sure you’re making amazing food and making your house sparkle without completely exhausting yourself in the process. We offer a wide variety of gadgets for your kitchen, but we are most proud of our time-saving gadgets. If you’re looking for useful kitchen appliances that make cooking and cleaning a breeze, we have what you need.

Top Kitchen Gadgets

Food, family and friends go together, and cooking is something you do on a daily basis — sometimes multiple times throughout the day. To make the process easy, make sure you have the right products, including the ones listed below:

Baking Utensils

Once your treats have come out of the oven, you want to be able to serve them easily. In the past, you had to scoop cookies off the tray one at a time, but with the Mega Scoop, you can grab several at once. This ensures that everyone gets their goodies as soon as possible.

Mini Chopper

When it comes to time-saving technology, one gadget you should consider adding to your kitchen is a mini chopper. This appliance may be small, but it’s mighty — and it’s easy to use. Whether you are making salsa, chopping up nuts to put in baked goods or engaging in any other chopping or blending task, this mini chopper can handle it.

Onion Chopper

Onions can be a pain to chop, unless you get an Onion Chopper. This is one of the most useful kitchen appliances you can have; it’s easy to use, chops onions and other items uniformly, is quick to clean and small enough to store on your countertop.

Multifunction Slicer

During your cooking endeavors, you may find that you need to cut up some fruits for a healthy snack or to add to pies. If you’re looking for some technology for saving time and money, getting the 3-in-1 Multifunction Slicer is a good option. With three blades to choose from, including a pitted fruit slicer, basic slicer and apple slicer, you’ll have all the tools you need to cut fruit up quickly and easily.

Top Cleaning Gadgets

Cleaning your house with a family is tough, but it doesn’t have to take up your entire day. With the right essentials in the kitchen and throughout the rest of your home, cleanup can be quick and easy.

When it comes to taking care of small messes and/or cleaning while on the go, a sweeper is beneficial. For carpeted areas, the Bissel® Carpet Sweeper can pick up dirt, food particles, pet hair and more. To clean on hardwood, laminate or tile floors, you need the Magic Sweeper.

Gadgets that Save Time

Cooking and cleaning are two tasks that can take up a lot of your time during the day. However, with the right products, you can save yourself a lot of hassle. At Miles Kimball, we have many different products to make cooking and cleaning as easy as possible. Check out our selection today!

Looking for other tips and tricks for the home? Check out our blog on Summer Outdoor Home Maintenance Tips and get up to speed on more gadgets for the upcoming season.

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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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!