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HOME FOOD:

A NEW LEVEL OF GINGERBREAD HOUSE CREATION KARIN MELBERG SCHWIER

In 1812, the Brothers Grimm terrified little German children with a, well, grim tale about a wicked cannibalistic witch in the woods who lived in a gingerbread house covered with sweets and candy. With such irresistible treats, she lured little Hansel and Gretel to potential demise as gruesome dinner in her oven. Since then, the gingerbread house has become more festive than frightening, thanks to people like Marion Murawsky, a home economist who taught for

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over 33 years in Saskatoon public schools, and another decade at the University of Saskatchewan College of Education. Marion, who is about as far from wicked witch as you can get, has made gingerbread house building not only a treasured tradition in her own family, but for hundreds of students who passed through her classes. Besides, how can anyone who has a kitchen that smells of warm fragrant ginger, cinnamon and cloves be wicked?

MARION MURAWSKY Making Baking Traditions “It’s not something we had when I was growing up in Spiritwood,” says Marion. “But for the last 32 years, probably, it’s been something we do as a family.” Marion and husband Orest (the two met in grade seven) made it “a thing” with their own children Paige and Graham. “I was always intrigued by gingerbread houses in Christmas magazines, so thought I’d try one and it just took off.” Even when very young,

the children knew that gingerbread houses didn’t come as store-bought prefab. No, decisions had to be made: a cabin, castle, townhouse, two-storey, a garage? There were measurements to be made, plans drawn on graph paper, load-bearing considerations, exterior and interior design and lighting choices, landscaping options, and chemistry problems. Just how can you turn a sucker into a stained glass window? The Murawsky siblings sometimes constructed their Saskatoon HOME WINTER 2018

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