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Need Ideas for Dinner Tonight? Make Your Own Pizza!

SteerList has got you covered for dinner tonight. The best part? Your kids do half the work! Pizza night can be super fun and super easy, especially with this no-yeast pizza dough recipe. Pick up some toppings and get ready to bake!


The first part of pizza night is to make your dough. Of course, you can probably buy crust from your local grocery store (Pillsbury makes one) but I personally recommend this easy recipe from cooks.com for fresh dough!

Dough (Good for about two large pizzas):

2 ½ cups flour

2 ¾ teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon oil

¾ to 1 cup water

Simply mix the dry ingredients, then add the wet. I recommend mixing the water and oil together before adding it to the dry ingredients because if you add the oil separately, it balls up. If the dough seems stiff, add a little more water. After adding your toppings, bake at 400 degrees for 15-25 minutes.


 For the toppings, you can pick up your kid’s classic favorites and encourage them to try new vegetables or toppings you don’t normally get on pizza. Two examples I love are peas and almond slivers. Where else can you get a pizza with almonds on it!? Things like that make pizza night special. The nice thing about pizza night is also that you don’t have to have a whole pizza with one topping… if your child is unsure of whether or not they will like a certain topping but still want to try it, just top one slice. You can also experiment with different cheeses, like feta or ricotta. Don’t forget the sauce! Don’t just use plain tomato sauce, Spaghetti sauce can work in a pinch.


Divide your pizza dough into “personal pizza” sizes and put pre-chopped toppings into bowls (or mini muffin tins) so your kids can access them easily. Roll out the dough and roll up the edges to make a crust, and add a layer of sauce, then let your kids do what they want. If you have extra dough, you can even try to make a dessert pizza!

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Make a Trip to the Art Museum More Engaging!


With rainy days becoming a regular occurrence, it’s time to surrender and start moving out activities indoors. One of my favorite rainy day activities is to go to an art museum. There’s something quiet and ethereal about walking into a museum, everything is hushed and everyone walks around in awe almost like walking into a church. Of course, going to a museum can be a different task when going with a child. Here are a few quick ideas to program to your free SteerList app to keep the kids engaged on a trip to the museum.


1) Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Have your child mimic the pose featured in a portrait (at a fair distance) then ask them questions. Ask them if it’s hard to hold the pose, or how they would have positioned the model differently if they were painting or sculpting the piece of art themselves. If you’re allowed to take pictures, you can take one or two to show off later. Just remember to remain respectful even if a pose is especially silly.


2) Get inspired. At our local museum, they include art packs that anyone visiting can pick up and use to their heart’s content. The kits have colored pencils, paper, sketching pencils, and an eraser. You can just bring a notebook with a pencil (that has an eraser attached to the end) if you’d rather go simple. I’d recommend a “put everything down before you stand up” rule, or “Hand everything to mommy before you go near the art.” Don’t want any temptations to “add” to the existing art or room for accidents. Like checking the photo policy, it is probably good to ask at the desk if it’s okay to sketch in the galleries. Most museums allow it, but it’s always good to double check.


 3) Invent games that will encourage kids to take a second look at a piece. Kids can sometimes have a look-and-go policy. Playing a game like “I Spy” can force a kid to stop and really explore every inch of a piece of art with their eyes. They may notice things they didn’t see the first time, or just learn to go a little slower and to fully enjoy the piece. (Can you spot the one lily pad that’s floating on its own in the Monet above?)

All of these things add a little fun to a trip to the museum for a little one, but it also teaches a lot about art appreciation and the concept of art being thought provoking. Always ask a lot of questions, try to lead to a discussion.

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Easy Caramelized Brussels Sprouts That Kids Will Love!


Brussels sprouts aren’t the scrunch-up-your-face, stick-out-your-tongue affair they once were. Today, these cute little guys can be enjoyed by even the pickiest of eaters (I can confidently say this because even my boyfriend will eat them)! This super simple recipe only takes about eleven minutes to cook, and the flavor is a sweet-and-salty, nutty, and almost mustard-y flavor. The key to making good Brussels sprouts that kids will eat is to eliminate the bitterness. Besides, if you put the word “caramelized” before anything, it instantly sounds more appealing!


(Photo courtesy of http://www.cookinglight.com)

 Fool-proof Caramelized Brussels Sprouts

 What you need:

 ~12 oz. bag of Brussels sprouts (Trader Joe’s microwavable bag recommended)

~2 table spoons olive oil

~1 teaspoon salt

~1 tablespoon sugar (throw in a little more if you want your sprouts even sweeter)

1) Wash your Brussels sprouts. I usually use ones from Trader Joe’s that come in a bag (I think they’re supposed to be microwaved, but I just open the bag and use them like regular sprouts) and are marked as “ready to eat,” so you don’t have to worry too much about washing them. I still rinse them just to be safe. If you’re cutting the sprouts off a stalk, it’s probably best to let the sprouts sit in salt water for a little bit.

2) Trim the ends and any leaves that look unappealing off of the sprouts.

3) Cut the sprouts in half. Be very careful doing this because they do sometimes roll around. I personally wedge the knife in a little bit, then hold the handle with one hand and use the other hand to finish pushing the blade through the sprout. That way, no fingers are near or under the blade and you have more control.

4) Pre-heat the oven to 500 degrees. Cover a cookie sheet with foil and place in the oven while it heats up.

5) Add your halved Brussels sprouts to a medium bowl, then add the olive oil (2 tablespoons). Mix the sprouts a little bit, making sure the olive oil is covering all the greens. Then add salt (1 teaspoon) and sugar (1 tablespoon), stir until all sprouts are coated.

6) Wait for the oven to be fully heated before removing the covered cookie tray. The tray will obviously be very hot, so use appropriate hand coverings to remove it safely.

7) Empty the bowl of sprouts onto the tray. You should hear a little sizzle from the tray being hot. Make sure all the sprouts are face-down (with the flat side touching the tray). Be very careful while doing this.

8) Place tray back in the oven and set the timer for 10-12 minutes.

9) Check on the sprouts when the timer goes off. Be careful when you open the oven, there will be a wave of steam. I recommend opening the oven and counting to about five before looking in. When they are done, there will be some browning on the leaves. The leaves should look slightly crispy. It’s okay if there are a few dark looking spots appearing, but the whole sprout shouldn’t be black on the outside!

And there you have it! Super easy and fast Brussels sprouts! Remember to add anything you need or might be out of to SteerList, your faithful grocery list app. SteerList is free to download from the App Store!

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Unique and Easy Last-Minute Costume Ideas!

Have you looked at your calendar recently? If not, you may be shocked to find out that Halloween is this week! You heard right, Thursday is All Hallow’s Eve! If you’re anything like me, you may have thought a few times about a costume for yourself or your kids, but never committed to an idea and now you’re drawing a blank. After some searching around, I’ve found some easy costumes that look like you put a lot of time into them when they don’t take a lot at all.


(Photo courtesy of realsimple.com)

1) Rocket man (or woman). This idea from realsimple.com is super easy, just pull together an all-white outfit and add some details with black duct tape. For the super awesome jet pack, simply take two Pringles cans and attach party hats to the top. Then spray paint the whole thing silver. Finish with silver duck tape straps and streamer “fire.” A variation of this can simply include two upside-down soda bottles, also with streamers.


(Photo courtesy of marthastewart.com)

2) This jelly fish costume from Martha Stewart is cute, and perfect for a rainy Halloween. All you need is a clear umbrella and some strips of bubble wrap. Dress in all one color. Not good for an indoor party, but an easy costume to “put on” and “take off.” Tip: So you don’t have to use both hands, use the hooked handle to carry the trick-or-treat bag.


(Photo courtesy of Family Fun Magazine)

3)  A super hero costume is always a winning choice, but don’t choose to dress up like some other super hero, be your own super hero! We pulled this idea from the pages of “Family Fun” magazine. The best way to pull off a sophisticated superhero look is to pick two or three solid colors. This can be any combination, but picking just a few is what will make this look pop. Only dress in the two colors, and don’t forget accessories like arm cuffs (can be made out of toilet paper tubes), a mask, and a cape.


(Photo courtesy of realsimple.com)

4) If you’re frantically reading this post on Halloween morning, this hula dancer outfit is great because it uses items you probably have around the house. It just uses a paper grocery bag (may need more depending on size) and cupcake wrappers to create the leis. Pair with a Hawaiian shirt or bathing suit (be sure to wear shorts or leggings under your skirt too). We like this one because it can be recycled when you’re done.


(Photo from Etsy seller thehoneycomb)

5) This Greek God or Goddess costume only really needs a sheet. Can you say “To-ga, to-ga, to-ga”? We got the idea from Marie Claire, take a sheet and tuck and drape. Be sure you or your child is wearing clothes underneath… you don’t want a wardrobe malfunction! Sometimes sheets can be a little unpredictable. You can also use chord or rope to add more shape as a belt or crossed over the chest to add shape/interesting designs. Make a gold wreath out of a circle of fake flowers or leaves spray painted gold, or use gold paper to cut out leaves and glue them to a headband!

As always, be sure to program anything you might need to pick up for these costumes to our free SteerList organizational app. If you’re already stressing, our reminders can really ease your mind so you know you won’t forget a single thing, even if you feel like you’re running around like the headless horseman!

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A Spooky Handmade Halloween

If the word “Halloween” fills you with giddy joy, then just taking a look at our spooky Etsy haul for inspiration will definitely make you want to try on your Halloween costume just one more time. They’re great just to look at and get ideas from, but if you plan on ordering be sure to do it soon! It may be too late for some sellers, so be sure to message them to see if they can get it to you by October 31st, or make a note to the seller at the time of purchase.


 (Photo courtesy of RedHandPrims)

These silhouette lanterns from RedHandPrims add just the right combination of soft candle light and chilling profiles. The set includes Frankenstein and his bride, a witch, and Nosferatu. Great for creating a path or display on your front porch!


(Photo courtesy of EdelweissPost)

 This stamp pumpkin ads a touch of vintage to your holiday décor and can stay on your table from Halloween to Thanksgiving. Very cute, whimsical, and we especially like how seller EdelweissPost lists “magic” as one of the materials used.


(Photo courtesy of AllisonHopeDesigns)

AllisonHopeDesigns brings us this fun and colorful wreath perfect for Trick-or-Treaters. If you’re tired of the common black-and-orange color scheme commonly associated with Halloween, try this festive one reminiscent of New Orleans.


(Photo courtesy of 6miles)

No house can truly be creepy without some candlesticks. Seller 6miles includes this set of three candle holders in three various sizes. Appropriately worn and black, these will add the perfect touch of an abandoned (and haunted, of course) mansion.


(Photo courtesy of BatcakesCouture)

A costume can be as simple as a really great accessory. If you’re still searching for a Halloween costume that’s appropriate for work without being over-the-top, check out this statement spider web hatfrom BatcakesCouture. You can be the spider or a play on the term “black widow,” or even just use it as a great conversation-starter. Fashionable, dark, and spooky all in one.


(Photo courtesy of SignatureArtWorks)

Just like the spider hat, a  great mask is a simple way to get in the spirit of the holiday. If blood and guts isn’t your thing, you can opt for a beautiful mask like this one from SignatureArtWorks. The black and red moftif is perfect for Halloween, but if you’re not into the gothic look, there are tons of masks to choose from.



(Photo courtesy of dellcovespices)

“Pick your poison’ is a commonly use phrase at any party on All Hallow’s Eve. This black rimming sugar immediately turns any drink from “everyday” to a creepy and tragically beautiful concoction. Seller dellcovespices also has lots of other fun things to rim your glass with.

il_570xN.384616006_ef5w(Photo courtesy of BOSSGirlsInc)

Don’t worry, these wine and Mexican chocolate gourmet lollipops from BOSSGirlsInc aren’t alcoholic. Whether you’re heading out with a group of other moms for trick-or-treating or are throwing a big party, lollipops with interesting, more “grown up” flavors is a great way to bring back the old fun of candy on Halloween.

As always, remember to download our free organizational app, SteerList, to help you pull off your perfect Halloween night!

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Emergency Mode: Home Remedies for Cold and Flu Season

As we enter cooler weather, we all know that the sick season will be shortly upon us. Instead of panicking when it hits your home, get the over-the-counter things you might need ahead of time so you can tuck your little one in right away, instead of dragging them around with you from drug store to drug store. Also, this is a good time to go through the medicine cabinet and add anything that’s expired or you need to get rid of to your SteerList to do list app (so you remember to stop and get new the next time you pass CVS or Walgreens). Besides, when kid sniffles hit, we know it’s only a matter of time before mommy and daddy ones follow.


The first major tip for a cold is to rest as soon as it starts. Pushing yourself or your child to muscle through it can make it worse in the long run. Kids don’t always know when they’re really feeling bad until it’s in the thick of the cold, so when they say they feel “ok” it could mean that it’s just not crippling yet. Though you may hate taking time off work or having your child miss school, just think of it as saving them from more time out in future. Your child may conquer his or her cold in one or two days if you take care of it right away, as opposed to what may become three or four sick days later. Tuck them warmly in bed and insist that they rest, even if they say they’re fine.


 The second step is liquid, liquid, liquid. Vitamin C is a big power player in getting over a cold, so invest in some orange juice and oranges. It’s best to get the vitamins right from the source. Also, tons of water. I mean a LOT of water.


To help relieve congestion, have your child breathe in steam. They can do this during a shower, in a bath, or just with a mug of hot water. It will ease congestion which will immediately make you or your kids feel less groggy. Heat packs on your forehead can also help ease the tension For a sore throat, an old home remedy is tea with lemon and honey, but WebMD advises against caffeine that might dehydrate you when you’re sick, so try to use herbal tea. If your kid won’t drink it, then you can try gargling with warm salt water. For mommy and daddy, they say that a little shot of bourbon or whiskey in your tea can help, but not too much alcohol.


Even if you or your child doesn’t feel like eating when sick, insist on a few bites of something. Your body is spending a lot of energy fighting off the bad things going on inside it when you’re sick, and proper nourishment is what will give your body strength and more energy to keep on fighting. Even if it’s just soup and crackers, make sure you and your kids eat something.

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