Stacy Tilton Reviews

Thursday, October 19

Cinnamon & Tabasco Maple Syrup Candies

When it comes to maple syrup I tend to be somewhat of a snob. It all started after my husband took my on my first trip out east to meet his parents in New Hampshire. On the way we stopped a little mountain top store that was sampling pure maple syrup. Oh my goodness was it amazing! And ever since that day I've never looked at maple syrup in the stores the same. The taste is just so much better than anything you could imagine picking up at your local grocery store. Maple syrup is one of those things if you know how to buy it, and know how to use it can create some pretty tasty dishes...or in my case treats.

My husband likes to suck on hard candy when he's at work since he can't have other snacks while he's out on the floor working on the robots. But he's always complained about how hard candy doesn't come in as many flavors as he would like...being him that means spicy. Not just your typical cinnamon disc spicy, but like hot sauce spicy. So I decided it was up to me to make him some hard candies the way he would like them. That's what inspired me to make Cinnamon & Tabasco Maple Syrup Candies. I knew the cinnamon would give the candy a little bit of spice, of course not enough, and that's where the Tabasco came in. The result a nice combination of spice and heat that made my husband smile! I altered a recipe I found on Pinterest just a little to come up with my candies.

My candies were made using maple syrup from The Maple Guild and I have to say I am pretty impressed with the quality and flavor of their syrups. If I had a little more confidence in myself in the kitchen I would probably be entering the Maple It Recipe Contest they are hosting right now. But sadly there isn't a category for desserts which happen to be my weakness! Buy hey if you think you got what it takes check out the contest for yourself - there's a year's worth of maple products up for grabs.

Maple It Recipe Contest

Right now The Maple Guild is hosting a Maple It Recipe Contest to showcase the versatility of maple!

Entrants - including celebrity chefs, food bloggers, restaurants, bars, home cooks, and more -  will have the opportunity to utilize the full breadth of The Maple Guild’s maple products. While the syrups are the backbone of what The Maple Guild does, their innovative products include: infused syrups, maple water, maple-sweetened teas, and the award-winning Maple Cream and Maple Vinegar. All entrants will be competing for a chance to win a year’s worth of maple products, with curated packages based on the season!

The contest will be broken down into three categories – Barbeque, Baked Goods, and Beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic). The contest is open to the public, and all entrants will receive a buy one, get one coupon for purchase on The Maple Guild’s website.

Entries will be accepted through December 5, 2017. Anyone interested in getting their maple on can visit to enter or get more information about the contest.

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of the above mentioned brand. I received product(s) in exchange for my honest and unbiased thoughts. All thoughts and opinions stated are my own and are in no way influenced by my partnership with mentioned brands.

Wednesday, October 18

The Retro Metro is back and even better!

I have to say when I heard the Retro Metro was coming back this fall I was ecstatic. It was one of my favorite purses ever and I like many others was heartbroken when I saw it missing from my Thirty-One catalog. It's so roomy and even for the size lightweight to carry. As a mom I like having the extra space if I need it to toss in some snacks etc. and not have to worry I'm overloading my purse. Thankfully it's back and in some really stylish colors too.

And since I have one (okay a few more than one) of the previous versions of the Retro Metro I thought it would be nice to share with you what some of the differences are between them. The overall size didn't really seem to be much different, but right off you can tell that the quality is. It has a nice sturdy feel and lots of reinforced stitching. First thing I noticed was they removed the fringed trim around the top and added some nice reinforced bold colored stitching instead. I have to say I like this better, the fringe wasn't really one of my favorite attributes on the older version. Another thing they did that was very noticeable was removed the interior lobster claw clasp and placed it on the outside just above one of the end pockets. The jury is still out for me on this change though. I like having the outside clasp because it's very handy to use for my car keys to make them easy to grab quickly. However I really liked having a clasp on the inside to hang things from inside my purse too. Speaking of the side pockets - they are bigger which is quite nice. On the inside you'll still find the zippered pocket as well as the two flat pockets as the previous style had. I did think the updated version had nicer pockets though. And instead of the patch where you were supposed to write you name (but I don't think anyone ever did) you'll find a nice saying instead. Another really nice touch. On the overall I personally love the updates to the Retro Metro and am glad that even though it had to disappear for awhile it's back and even better!

And while I have your attention I also wanted to point out a few must have accessories for your Retro Metro. I'm one of those people that used to think everything had to match perfectly to a T. But after my trip to the Thirty-One conference a few months ago I have a whole new perspective when it comes to accessorizing. Sometimes mixing colors and/or patterns can actually turn out to be a really nice thing. Take for instance my combination of the Grey Geo Strip Retro Metro and the Lil' Scribble accessories. There wasn't any accessories to match exactly so I thought that it was the perfect time to test out my new perspective on things. And if I do say so myself I think they go together quite well.

In short you should always have an open mind when choosing colors/patterns to make a set, you never know what you might come up with!

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of the above mentioned brand. I received product(s) in exchange for my honest and unbiased thoughts. All thoughts and opinions stated are my own and are in no way influenced by my partnership with mentioned brands.