Empty Nest

Easing the Empty Nest Blues

You filled a shopping cart to the brim with clothes, bedding, toiletries, towels, school supplies, a TV, and possibly a chair or two.  You drove 4 hours with a car...

Cherry Festival - Featured Image | Cherry background

Cherry Festival

We absolutely love the National Cherry Festival. It’s a celebration of all things cherry. This humble agricultural festival has fruited an international celebration for the Cherry Capital of the World....

Mrs. Twiggs’ Favorites: Traverse City Wineries

Northern Michigan’s particular climate isn’t just blessed by mother nature for cherries, but also for wine grapes. The soil and weather are a vintner’s paradise. With approximately thirty wineries in...

Cherry power - tart cherry juice | featured image

Cherry Power

Tart Cherry Juice Northern Michiganders are a hearty folk. We’re not bothered by a little snow. We dive right into shoveling, snowshoeing, and skiing. We’ve got winter activities for work...

Reflection and Gratitude featured image, gift

Reflection And Gratitude

There’s nothing like a holiday season and brand new year to prompt reflection. This time of year continues to consistently fill me with a sense of gratitude – for the...

Christmas Hugs - Featured image

Christmas Hugs – Warm Hearts Matter

One of the things I love about owning a store like Benjamin Twiggs is the relationships that develop over time with our regular customers. Mrs. O is a great example....

Thankful Morning

Surprise Mom With A Thankful Morning

Thankful Morning – The NEW holiday inspired by moms Thanksgiving night. Mom has spent the last 36 hours defrosting, chopping, stuffing, baking, serving, clearing the table, cleaning up, and picking...

Hope And Empowerment

Twelve years ago I received the most devastating news I could imagine. I had breast cancer.    Who timed this? I was recently divorced with full custody of 3 busy...

What Is Charcuterie - Benjamin Twiggs

What Is Charcuterie?

What is Charcuterie? Charcuterie: A French culinary term for prepared meats like bacon, salami, prosciutto, sausage, terrines, galantines, ballotines, pâtés, and confit. Typical presentation includes an arrangement on a board...