How to Get Rid Of All That Halloween Candy

Little ones tend to collect a lot of candy, as adults find their cuteness hard to resist. To keep yourself (and them!) from sugar overload, try introducing The Halloween Witch, a friendly character who magically turns candy into a toy. Sift through their haul to weed out what you don’t want, what you don’t want them to eat, and then have them dump a portion (or all) into a container. Set it out on the porch or something, and go about the evening. Secretly swap the candy for a book, a toy, etc. Now instead of a bunch of junk, your child will have something memorable.

She may go by the name Scatteredmom online, but Karen really is anything but scattered when it comes to the kitchen.  Churning out tasty treats within view of the Georgia Strait on Canada's west coast, Karen will hand you an organized weekly meal plan or teach you how to make meals from scratch.  As Mom to a teenage boy, she knows exactly what it takes to keep kids full and happy-which has really come in handy with her job as the Food Editor at Yummy Mummy Club.

A strong supporter of Food Revolution who has been endorsed by Jamie Oliver himself, by day Karen can be found working as a special education teaching assistant, running a kitchen and showing teenagers how to cook nutritious meals for themselves.  By night, when she's not chatting on Twitter and answering cooking questions,  she writes her popular blog Notes From the Cookie Jar, or posting mouthwatering recipes over at Chasing Tomatoes.  Not afraid to give her opinion and passionate about community, Karen spoke at Blissdom Canada 2010 and her writing has been published in Canadian Living magazine, as well as in various online publications. 

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