Contributed by: NAPSA
Celebrate Your Children - Spend Time Together Having Fun! (NAPSA) - It has been said that every day is kids' day, but until now America has not had an official day to celebrate children and raise awareness of youth-related issues.
The National KidsDay Alliance, a collaboration between Boys & Girls Clubs of America, KidsPeace, 4-H and YMCA has designated Sunday, August 5 as National KidsDay. It's a day to celebrate your kids and spend meaningful time with them.
That time can be spent taking a family bike ride, enjoying a community celebration or creating a family photo album.
Parents are encouraged to take the National KidsDay Pledge and pledge to spend meaningful time with their kids; to talk; to listen; to learn and play; to share a moment, create a memory and make a kid's day.
One of the most delicious ways to spend time together is by baking bread or rolls, such as Peanut Butter Turtle Rolls.
In large bowl, combine 11/2 cups flour, 1/2 cup sugar, undissolved yeast, and salt. Heat milk, 1/2 cup water, and peanut butter until very warm (120 to 130 F). Gradually add to dry ingredients. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed of an electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in enough remaining flour to make soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 6 to 8 minutes.
Cover; let rest 10 minutes.
Grease 2 large baking sheets. Divide dough into 8 equal portions. Make 1 turtle from each portion using the following procedure: Reserve one-fourth of portion. Shape remaining dough into smooth ball for body. Place on greased baking sheet. Divide reserved dough in half. From one half, pinch off piece and roll to make small rope for tail; form remaining piece onto oblong head. Attach head and tail to body; pinch to seal. Divide remaining piece into 4 equal pieces. Roll to make 2-inch ropes for legs; place partially under body in appropriate places. Repeat with remaining dough to make 8 turtles. Cover; let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 30 to 60 minutes.
With scissors, make small snips in dough (about 1/4-inch deep) across body to mark shell. Make 2 small cuts at end of each leg to make webbed feet. Combine egg and 1 tablespoon water in a small bowl; brush over dough. If desired, sprinkle with chopped peanuts and/or sugar. Insert peanuts, raisins, or date pieces for eyes.
Bake at 375 for 15 to 20 minutes or until done. Remove from sheets; let cool on wire racks.
Serving Size: Makes 8 turtles
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