I was in the marching band during high school (the kind that competes in field shows, not just the kind that appears in parades - it's NOT the same!) and our big fundraiser for the fall was to make apple pies and dumplings. Pie Baking Day was actually a series of weekends where I learned how to roll dough into circles for crusts. The band members and parents would work assembly-line-style, starting from scratch to mix the dough in huge bins in the school cafeteria. The recipe included warm water and apple cider vinegar, ingredients that Martha doesn't even include in her pâte brisée. Talk about life skills! My favorite parts of the whole operation were folding dumplings up and making the decorative vents on the pies. (Exhibit A: the pie that just came out of my oven).
Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!