3.23.2009

Spring Clean and Win Week! Seventh Generation!!

My house is a wreck. I have been recovering from ankle and foot surgery for 1 month now and by the time my kids go to bed I am wiped out. I don't seem to have enegry to do the little things that make my house clean and decent. Besides now that spring has sprung it really is time to for a deep spring clean. That's my mission for the week, spring clean! Of course I will be cooking too, all my recipes will be easy crock pot or busy day recipes that require minimal work and attention.

All week I will be cleaning, deep cleaning my house. I will be using my favorite cleaning products, Seventh Generation!! The fine folks were so awesome to me! They sent me an entire starter pack to try out and review. The starter pack includes-
Glass Cleaner - Grapefruit
All-Purpose Cleaner - Green Mandarin
Toilet Bowl Cleaner - Emerald
Shower Cleaner - Green Mandarin
Tub & Tile Cleaner
Kitchen Cleaner
(2) Natural Paper Towels - 120 Count
Reusable Tote


They actually went beyond awesome because they gave me one and I have one to give away to a lucky reader!! The winner will pick either the above starter pack or this one:

FREE & CLEAR STARTER KIT

Free & Clear Natural Glass & Surface Cleaner
Free & Clear Natural All Purpose Cleaner
Free & Clear Natural Dish Liquid
Free & Clear Natural Laundry Detergent, 50 oz
(2) Natural Paper Towels - 120 Count
Reusable Tote

All you need to do is cruise over to Seventh Generation, check them out, come back and leave me a comment about which products you liked or why you will switch to any product on ANY post this week for an entry. I will be combining all comments and running the contest through random.org! (2)Followers leave me an extra comment saying you are following me and that's an extra entry. (3)Blog it with a link back and that's a third fourth and fifth entry, please leave a comment for each entry so I can easily keep track of all enrties. (4)Also leave a comment any day on my cleaning or cooking for the day for an extra daily entry. WHEW!!

Today I am cooking this delicous looking Crock Pot Asian Peanut Butter Pork From Dinner at Christina's. It looked so good and it is the perfect no worry meal.


Crock Pot Asian Peanut Butter Pork

1.5-2 pound pork tenderloin
1 onion, sliced in rings
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 Tbsp white wine vinegar -I am using red wine vinegar
3 Tbsp water
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter-I am using crunchy because it is all I have
2 Tbsp chopped peanuts (garnish; optional)
1 lime, cut in wedges (garnish; optional)

Use a 4-6 quart crockpot. Put onion slices into the bottom of your crockpot. Put the pork on top. Add brown sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, water, garlic, and peanut butter. No need to stir - the peanut butter needs to melt before you can. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, or on high for 4-6. The pork will be more tender the longer you cook it. 1 hour before serving, flip the meat over in the crockpot to allow the other side to soak up the peanut buttery goodness. Garnish with chopped peanuts, and serve with lime wedges.


Currently I am knee deep in my pantry mucking it out. I will adding pictures in about an hour or so. Please understand that Mt. Redoubt has erupted and in the event that I am unable to post for a day or 2 I will be extending the contest. I will be posting daily otherwise and updating with pictures and reviews. We are currently in a holding pattern with the ash cloud at 50,000 feet and heading northwest. We are northeast and might be missed, fingers crossed. Come back soon for a review and pictures now let me go CLEAN!!!!

Ok I am SO embarrassed! I did not know my pantry was such a MESS!!! So to start I had my kids help me by moving out all the food and other stuff that doesn't even belong there. What the heck?!? So here is a before:



Here is the mega pile o'stuff: (and a kung-fu cleaner)


Once everything was out I used a damp rag and small spritz of the kitchen cleaner and wiped down all the shelves. Then I vacuumed out all the crumbs. I let my kids use dry rags to wipe down all the shelves. They always want to help but since they are so young I did not want them using the cleaners themselves, drying was quite fine by them. Now Seventh Generation Kitchen Cleaner safe does not create any harsh fumes and it is totally non-toxic and boy does it smell good! The scent is wild orange and cedar, yum! This is the first time I have used their kitchen cleaner but it will not be the last. I do use their dish soap, toilet paper and, ahem, ladies products, I love them all.



Here is the drying crew.





The finished product!

19 comments:

  1. Oh!!!! I feel so special! I think this is the first time a fellow blogger has made one of my recipes. Well, not that it's MINE, but you know...

    Hope it turns out great for you! It was so, so juicy. And - to reheat, I put a portion in a glass dish w/ just a touch of water in the bottom, covered in foil and popped it in the oven until it was hot and it stayed perfectly moist the 2nd time, too!!!

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  2. I LOVE SEVENTH GENERATION PRODUCTS!!! I have the dish soap and the glass cleaner, and they ROCK!

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  3. wow you are brave to show a before and after! i love any cleaning product that gives the scent of "clean". ha

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  4. I love your little helpers.
    I checked out the site and I just love that these products are completely free and clear. I like the laundry soap.

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  5. Oh, that Asian pork sounds delicious!! YUM!! And, seriously, I may need to borrow your little buckaroos to help clean out my pantry, too. My little guy gets too distracted by the top shelf 'nummies.' Thanks for stopping by my blog! Happy SITS Tuesday!

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  6. I'm seriously jealous of that pantry. I have such a small kitchen that my coat closet has parts of it devoted to food. :-(

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  7. OMG the recipe sounds delish as always my dear, you're so sweet to try another bloggers and post it. Very sweet my dear :)

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  8. Ok since I was on a dish cleaning streak ... LOL. I think I would try the Natural Dish Liquid :)

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  9. I'm always looking for a great all around multi-purpose cleaner. Cuts done on searching for just the right tool. Great recipe by the way. We do crockpot night once a week and I may have to try it.

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  10. I so miss the days of having a nice, big pantry, and your helpers are too cute :)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  11. This is so awesome! I have always wanted to try the free & clear seventh generation stuff but I just haven't! Maybe this will spur me to action!! :)

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  12. What a great idea! I'd try lots of things. But I think I'd start with Natural 2X Concentrate Laundry Liquid and Natural Fabric Softener. Clothing is already a huge investment; I'd like to wash them more naturally.

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  13. Love the pics of your boys as they drying crew!

    Okay, so I commented on another post but just now saw this post with the directions to enter the giveaway.
    After visiting the Seventh generation website, I was surprised how many products they made. I didn't even realize that they made that many different cleaners. We use a lot of the all-purpose cleaner (love the clean smell) at my sons' co-op preschool. I'd love to try the papertowels and the glass cleaner.

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  14. Hi. I'm finally getting around to visiting the friends who popped by during the Spring Fling. Thanks for visiting my blog! Cute site - I love your header.

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