This time of year is the high point of baking. Thanksgiving pies, holiday cookies and cakes, dessert buffets, potlucks, and cookie exchanges — this is the time of year that the oven is on all day! Do you look forward to this with delight or with dread? Does baking fill you with joy, or does it add extra pressure? Do you have particular hang-ups when it comes to holiday baking? Here's mine...I know it's silly, but I do feel pressure about pies. I feel like they are often the centerpiece of the holiday table, and mine turn out so, um, rustic and lumpy-topped, that my vanity motivates me to skip them for other things, like cake or pretty frosted bars. I just often lack the time and patience to go slow and make a really pretty pie crust!
What about you? Do you have any hang-ups about baking around the holidays? Or this the most glorious time of year for you and your oven?