Candy Cane LaneI am a tea lover so when I got a free sample of the holiday favorite Candy Cane Lane Tea courtesy of Influenster I was pretty excited to try it out!  The tea is made by the Celestial Seasonings brand which is well known for it intense flavors and wonderful tasting teas.

The sample pack came with two tea bags but only one tea bag is needed per cup brewed.  Once I made the tea with hot water, I tried the tea without sugar.  It has a sweet taste with a hint of mint that gets stronger as you drink it.  I also noticed hints of vanilla and cinnamon which was an interesting twist.  Also notable is that this is a green tea and is decaf as well.

Overall I think this tea is a very nice change of pace for the average tea drinker. The flavor is nice, subtle and sweet.  Pleasant enough to drink solo or with a special someone on a cold winter’s day.

** I received this product for free to test and review

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We don’t have a dishwasher.  In all honesty, the times I have had a dishwasher we just never used it enough to justify even having it.  I can’t understand how it is useful when you have to rinse the dishes off anyhow.  So, I have pretty much always done dishes by hand.

Some people prefer to wash the dishes as they dirty.  Simply putting soap on the sponge and washing them a few at a time.  While it does get the dishes clean, it tends to use too much water and soap. 

When I was a kid, one of my chores was to do the dishes after dinner every night.  The procedure was as follows (we had a sink with two sides) :  fill one side of the sink with hot soapy water (use the drain plug) and put the dishes in the water to soak for just a few minutes.  Wash them and put them into the empty side of the sink.  Then rinse them all off and put them in the dish drain or on a towel to dry.  This is still how I prefer to do dishes to this day.

The beauty of this system is that if I run the sink of soapy water in the morning, the dishes can just be added to the water as the day goes on and I do one big load of dishes after dinner.  It takes very little time. 

Aside from saving on water and soap, this also helps keep my hands in good condition (I have eczema flareups on my hands and they hurt really bad if I am not careful).  Also, a sink full of soapy water with the dishes under the bubbles looks a lot better than a sink full of dirty dishes with food stuck on them!

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