Karen, I smiled at your post. You say that making bread with a bread machine is cheating, yet you think nothing of using frozen crusts. Is that not cheating as well?
If I had to make bread by hand, I would not be able to make bread. I have carpal tunnel syndrome, and hand kneading is something I am totally unable to do.
As for making pie crusts, I find that to be, well, easy as pie, LOL. If you practice a little, it could become second nature, just like making your cakes and hand kneading bread is to you. The best invention for me is Pie Crust Rings. Sweet Celebrations used to sell them, I have not checked the catalog recently. I roll my crusts between sheets of plastic wrap - no added flour, no sticking to the counter. These ‘rings’ make a perfect size crust too, not a bit wasted because you rolled the crust out of round.
I enjoy baking everything, I can’t say I have a favorite thing that I like to bake. I cannot do cake decorating, though, because of the carpal tunnel, it’s just too much for my hands to tolerate.