High Sea Adventure

High Sea Adventure (Barbie and Friends Book Club) by Rita Balducci

This story takes place in the 1700s, with Barbie and Midge traveling with Midge’s father, a doctor, to deliver medicine to the Caribbean islands.

Hmm…

They stop at the Cayman Islands, where the girls meet Teresa Rivera, a young lady who is studying to be a nurse and who’s home they will be staying at while Midge’s father gets the hospital up and running.

The island is beautiful, and both Midge and Barbie see it as a paradise. However, this paradise has one bad snake-a pirate called Red Beard. He has been scavenging the locals exports, such as Teresa’s family’s sugarcane; along with stealing shipments of medicine. They hope the Navy captures him soon and ends his terrorizing of the seas. But even if they do, will they ever recover the things he stole?

Teresa shows them around the island when Midge spots a map shop. Hoping to find the perfect gift for her father, Midge goes inside. As she looks at maps she overhears men who look like pirates talking to the owner.

“Tell Red Beak the trade is made…Go to the mouth of the Little Bear.”

Afterwards, Midge tells Teresa and Barbie what she heard. They try to figure out what the message means, but no luck. Later that night, Midge is looking at the stars-trying to remember the names of the all the constellations when she spots Ursa Minor, the Little Dipper or Little Bear.

This strikes a cord with her and she pulls out the map she purchased earlier. There are a series of islands that line up just like that particular constellation. The mouth of the Little Bear the Pirates were talking about must be the cave that lines up with the “mouth” of the stars.

Immediately Midge runs to wake her friends. They go to tell Midge’s father so he can relay the information to the navy. But they are too late, he has already left to search for the pirate ship.

The girls decide it is up to them and they set out on one of Teresa’s family’s boats to test their theory. Will they find the pirate treasure? Or will this be a wild goose chase? Will they stop the pirate? Or be captured by them?

Thoughts After Reading:

This was always one of my favorites as a kid as it had pirates, adventure, and just a lot of fun.

I also loved how the girls save the day.

This is actually one of the better books in the series. In fact all the mysteries are.

For more Barbie books, go to The Silver Deer

For more pirate mysteries, go to Little Betty & Veronica: The Buried Treasure Mystery

For more Children’s books, go to The Turquoise Trail Mystery

For more historical fiction, go to The Butterfly and the Violin

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Little Betty & Veronica: The Buried Treasure Mystery

This comes from Betty and Veronica Double Digest No. 96. The story is called Little Betty and Veronica & the Buried Treasure, but I’m not sure why. It isn’t really about them, but about Archie. Why didn’t they just call it Little Archie & the Buried Treasure?

For more Archie Comics, go to Archie Andrews: A Real Foul Ball 

For more Betty & Veronica, go to Betty and Veronica: Stranger Than Fiction

For more treasure hunts, go to How to Wash a Cat

For more mystery reviews, go to Emilie and the Sky World

Gingerbread Men Cookies

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This recipe comes from the book

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Presidential Cookies: The Lure and the Love by Bev Young

Thoughts Before Baking:

I first made these cookies when my friends and I were having an Oscar party back in 2013. The rules of the party were that you had to pick a movie that was up for an Academy Award, and make one course that was relevant.

My film choice had been Lincoln, and I choose to make this Gingerbread Cookie recipe because this was one of Abraham Lincoln’s favorite desserts.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup of Butter (1 Stick)
  • 1/2 Cup of Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup of Molasses
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 2 Cups of Sifted Flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon of Ground Cloves
  • 1 Teaspoon of Ginger
  •  1/2 Teaspoon of Nutmeg
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Allspice
  • Icing

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter with the sugar until smooth.
  2. Beat in the molasses and egg yolk.
  3. In another bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and spices.
  4. Gradually beat the flour mixture into the butter-egg mixture.
  5. Cover and chill the dough for at least one hour.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  7. On a lightly floured board, roll the dough to 1/4-inch thickness.
  8. Cut into gingerbread men or other desired shapes.
  9. Place cookies about 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  10. Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes.
  11. Cool on cookie sheet for a few minutes.
  12. Decorate with icing if desired.

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We have our Dapper 19th century men and a couple of pirates.

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My favorite is the zombie cookie who ate the other on in the lower right hand corner.

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Thoughts After Baking:

I loved these cookies. I’m not the biggest fan of gingerbread as I like one or two and then am done; but these were so good I ate twice as much.

And of course one the best things is decorating the cookies.

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For more ginger cookies, go to Regency Ginger Cookies

For more cookies, go to Dinomite’s Fluffy Bites

For more holiday recipes, go to Hole in One

For more dessert recipes, go to Lemon Meringue Chiffon Cake