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Nancy Drew: Sea of Darkness

Nancy Drew: Sea of Darkness

Munchkin has been playing Nancy Drew games for many years. She got started on them after reading some of the books, and her interest in the games were renewed when the Nancy Drew movie came out several years ago. Since then, we have been picking up the computer games here and there. The older games were definitely more difficult and didn’t have all the hints that allow the newer games to be completed over a few days.

When we had the opportunity to receive a review copy of the latest game, Nancy Drew: Sea of Darkness, I jumped on the opportunity as I knew that Munchkin would be thrilled to check out the new game. The game took her a few days to complete as she limited her playing time each day.

Here is what she thought of the game:

If you don’t like puzzles, you probably won’t like this game, but I really enjoyed all of the puzzles.

Pluses:

  • It has great graphics, good scenery, and good sound effects. The music was quite enjoyable.
  • The characters are interesting. It has a good plot with an amusing side-story between Ned, Nancy, and Burt.
  • The puzzles are challenging but accomplishable, and if you get stuck, hints are available.

Minuses:

  • It has jumpy transitions between scenes.
  • “Nance” was spelled as “Nan” in the first conversation between Ned and Nancy.
  • The villain was not treated as a villain for his crimes by everyone else.
  • One of the characters (Dagny), as revealed through a scribbling in a book and a texting conversation on her phone, was a lesbian and has more than one relationship going. While this is subtle enough where many may not pick up on it, I felt it was important to point out.

Nancy Drew: Sea of Darkness is an overall interesting game, and I would give it four stars.

Nancy Drew Sea of Darkness

Game Details and Specs:

Set a Course for Danger and Discovery!

The celebrated ship “Heerlijkheid,” is usually the centerpiece of an Icelandic town’s local festival. Now that its captain has disappeared, the renovated vessel has become an eerie distraction. Did Captain Magnus sail away with a legendary treasure, or was he carried off into the night? Take the helm as detective Nancy Drew and set a course for the Sea of Darkness!

Game Features:

Solve puzzles and interrogate suspects as you retrace the steps of the missing captain
Learn the truth about the Heerlijkheid’s secret past and Iceland’s darkest days
Earn money by mastering your knowledge of the Land of Fire and Ice
Master maritime knots, terms and seaworthy tasks dating back to the 1700s
Sleuth at Amateur or Master level and erase any mistakes without starting over

Operating System:

  • Windows® Vista/7/8
  • OS X: OS X: 10.6.8 Snow Leopard/10.7 Lion/10.8 Mountain Lion/10.9 Mavericks/10.10 Yosemite or higher

Windows Minimum System Requirements:

  • 1.5 GHZ or greater Pentium 4 CPU or equivalent class
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 3GB or more hard drive space
  • 128 MB DirectX 9.0 compatible video card
  • 16 bit DirectX compatible sound card
  • 4x DVD drive
  • Keyboard, mouse and speakers

Mac Minimum System Requirements:

  • Intel processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 3 GB or more hard drive space
  • Intel GMA X3100, ATI X1600, NVIDIA 7300 graphics card or better
  • 4x DVD drive
  • Keyboard, mouse and speakers
  • Internet connection the first time the game is launched
  • This game will NOT run on PowerPC (G3/G4/G5) based Mac systems (PowerMac)

Disclosure: I received a review copy of the above mentioned game from Her Interactive. A positive review was neither required nor guaranteed. All opinions are based upon personal experiences with the game.

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Fitness Friday: 21 Day Fix Week 7

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So this week is sort of week 7 of my 21 Day Fix program. I say sort due to taking some time off due to activities and illness. With having time off, I felt like I was starting over again – almost. This time around I was further along in my fitness that when I started the first time. It’s amazing how quickly your body can be knocked out of the routine. I was antsy to get back into the routine, so my body was definitely saying that I needed to get moving. Yet, when I got moving again (at least in this manner), it said “what?”. lol! I got tired faster, and I felt more sore than I had in some time. It was okay though as it felt good to be able to get back into the program.

I’ve decided that I want to add some yoga into my routine as I really enjoy the stretching and balance that it offers. I’m still working on how exactly I want to incorporate it into my routine. Maybe yoga in the evening since I do my other exercise in the morning? We’ll see how thing play out.

Of course, after only a few days of being back in the routine, I got slammed with a migraine that did not want to let up at all which meant my days have been spent in bed trying to get rid of the headache. Not fun and frustrating. Just as I was getting back into a normal routine, I get knocked back out of it. I can exercise through a headache, but a migraine is a different story. Hopefully this migraine will pass soon, and I’ll be able to get back to exercising.

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Wilderness Rising by A.L. Shields

Wilderness Rising

Special thanks to BookLookBloggers for providing a digital review copy of this book. All opinions are based my personal thoughts on the book. This post may contain affiliate links.

When I first started reading Wilderness Rising, I didn’t realize that it was the second book in the series. I quickly realized this and wished I had read the first book before diving into this book, but, thanks to some back story being given throughout the book, I was able to, for the most part, follow the story line and get into the book . It does make me want to go back and read the first book.

From what I can tell, Wilderness Rising picks up where The Church Builder left off. Bethany Barclay has surfaced from being underground and is on a mission to find an ancient relic in an effort to save her friend who is being held hostage by the Wilderness. The Wilderness isn’t the only group that wants the ancient relic (or Bethany), so Bethany has to be very careful at every turn as she tries to follow her murdered friend’s clues. As she starts following the clues, she realizes that she’s actually searching for two different things which puts her life in even more jeopardy.

The story was, at times, a little hard to follow, but I think that was more because I hadn’t read the first book and not due to the writing style. It definitely kept me on my feet as I wondered what would happen next and what group or person would try to thwart her plans. Everything was definitely not what it seemed at the surface. I enjoyed the different characters and the story development. I even enjoyed the confusion aspect of the book as it felt like I was in Bethany’s shoes.

Now, I need to go back and read The Church Builder and then wait for the next book in the series to be released.

Wilderness Rising by AL ShieldsBook Description

From A. L. Shields-pseudonym for New York Times best-selling author Stephen L. Carter-comes the thrilling sequel to The Church Builder.

An age-old struggle between the enemies of God and the champions of faith.

A rumored relic that could prove Christ performed miracles-or declare him a fraud.

A woman on the run from international authorities.

Bethany Barclay is fighting to outwit the Wilderness, an ancient and powerful cabal bent on destroying Christianity. Its members murdered her best friend, framed her for acts of terrorism, and captured the brilliant teen hacker she vowed to protect. To ransom the girl, Bethany must find the Pilate Stone-a mysterious first-century artifact that might not even exist.

But she’s not the only one looking for the stone. In an international landscape of double agents, Bethany finds it impossible to tell friend from foe. The Garden, a secret group of powerful intellectuals sworn to save the Church and help Bethany, is collapsing under the rising power of the Wilderness. And an ocean separates her from her only proven ally-the lone wolf Ray Fuentes, who has battles of his own to fight.

A sparse trail of breadcrumbs takes Bethany across Europe into a labyrinth of academics, art historians, and followers of a reclusive monastic order. As her quest transforms into an ever more complex and dangerous game, unlikely actors in the drama emerge. Some are ruthlessly devoted to preserving a world where faith is possible. Others aim to brutally, and finally, undermine belief.

Including her own.

About the Author

A. L. Shields is a pseudonym for Stephen L. Carter, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale, where he has taught for thirty years. He is also the author of seven acclaimed works of nonfiction and five best-selling novels. His first novel, The Emperor of Ocean Park (2002), spent eleven weeks on the New York Times best seller list.

Book Details:

  • Series: A Church Builder Novel
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (April 14, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031033215X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310332152
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.4 inches
  • Retail Price: $26.99
  • Digital Editions also available

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Wordless Wednesday: Grand Canyon Tour

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Wordless Wednesday.

Pictures from our Grand Canyon Rim Tour as we celebrated Munchkin’s high school graduation.

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Spicy Crockpot Chicken Soup

Spicy Crockpot Chicken Soup Recipe #glutenfree #realfood

D has been on a soft foods diet for nearly a week now, so I’ve needed to come up with meals that don’t heat up the house and work for his restricted diet. I made a less spicy version of this soup for my mother-in-law and father-in-law when they were visiting by not including the cayenne pepper and reducing the amount of fresh ground pepper. It’s pretty easy to adjust to your family’s taste preference by adding or subtracting ingredients. If you want a more spicy version, just toss in some of your favorite spicy peppers.

I like to eat my soup without the toppings, but both Daddy and Munchkin prefer to add some cheese and sour cream. I do like to toss on some tortilla chips when we have them on hand.

This is a nice meal for when you don’t want to have to stand over a hot stove to prepare a hearty meal for the family. If it’s really warm, you could even put the crockpot in the garage or outside to minimize the heat added to the house. You just want to make sure you don’t have any curious pets that might try to get into the crockpot. 😉

Of course, I’m always happy when I can just dump the ingredients in the crockpot and, for the most part, forget about it until dinner. Any time there are less dishes to wash, Munchkin is also very happy.

Spicy Crockpot Chicken Soup Recipe #glutenfree #realfoodSpicy Crockpot Chicken Soup Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 cups (1 quart) chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 cans organic diced tomatoes
  • 1 can organic corn
  • 1 can organic kidney beans
  • 1 can organic white beans
  • 2 cans diced green chilies
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 medium green/yellow/red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. dried cilantro (optional)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)
  • cheese (optional)
  • sour cream (optional)
  • tortilla chips (optional)

Directions:

  1. Drain kidney beans, white beans, and corn.
  2. Dump the kidney beans, white beans, corn, chilies, and broth into crockpot.
  3. Add diced peppers, diced onions, and seasonings. Stir to combine.
  4. Add chicken breast. Push them down so they are covered with the veggie/tomato mixture.
  5. Cook at low heat for at least 5 hours.
  6. About an 2 hours prior to eating, remove chicken breast and shred. Put back in pot and continue to cook.
  7. Serve plain or top with cheese, sour cream, and/or tortilla chips.

This makes roughly 7 bowls of soup which means we usually have leftovers. It heats up wonderfully for lunches. You can even freeze it, if desired.

Spicy Crockpot Chicken Soup
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
Ingredients
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 cups (1 quart) chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 cans organic diced tomatoes
  • 1 can organic corn
  • 1 can organic kidney beans
  • 1 can organic white beans
  • 2 cans diced green chilies
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 medium green/yellow/red pepper, diced
  • ½ tsp fresh ground pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. dried cilantro (optional)
  • ¼ - ½ tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)
  • cheese (optional)
  • sour cream (optional)
  • tortilla chips (optional)
Instructions
  1. Drain kidney beans, white beans, and corn.
  2. Dump the kidney beans, white beans, corn, chilies, and broth into crockpot.
  3. Add diced peppers, diced onions, and seasonings. Stir to combine.
  4. Add chicken breast. Push them down so they are covered with the veggie/tomato mixture.
  5. Cook at low heat for at least 5 hours.
  6. About an 2 hours prior to eating, remove chicken breast and shred. Put back in pot and continue to cook.
  7. Serve plain or top with cheese, sour cream, and/or tortilla chips.

 

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