A friend of mine, and fellow artist, explained her theory on why we loose ourselves in this other stuff for a while. It's because as emerging/unrepresented artists we have no audience. We spend months and years alone in our studios creating deeply heartfelt work and no one ever gets to see it.
Artists are communicators and it's very hard to always feel like you're talking to yourself. We are silenced. Making Gingerbread and PfeffernüsseI get to be creative and get an immediate audience reaction. I even get to eat some!