How to Crush Candy Canes, Not Your Fingers

Crushing candy canes can be a messy job. The bits of sugary candy gets in everywhere and before you know it, coats your floor in a mess. Try placing unwrapped candy canes into a ziplock freezer bag and then a plastic grocery bag.  Put the bag onto a cutting board and bash with a rolling pin until they are broken into small pieces. The pieces of candy may eventually cut throught the ziplock but will still be contained by the plastic grocery bag.

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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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