TOS Review: Brinkman Adventures

Brinkman Adventures Season 3 Review

Excitement! Adventure! And a little bit of danger. These are the kinds of stories my boys love. And I love introducing audio dramas into our lives, because then we can all get lost in the story. So far, we have loved every Brinkman Adventures series we have had the chance to listen to, so we were excited to check out Season 3 for this review.

Brinkman Adventures Season 3 Review

We were fortunate enough to get to review Season 2 of The Brinkman Adventures last year and my boys enjoyed it so much that they begged me to get the next season, so I was really happy to get a chance to review this one. The new season is packed with a bunch of new adventures, but in the familiar Brinkman format.

The 4-CD set contains 12 stories that will keep your family on the edge of your seats. In total, they offer over five hours of storytelling, conveniently broken up into tracks, so you can start and stop when it works for you. Typically, we would listen to these during times when my kids were working on art or writing projects, one track at a time, a couple of days a week. They also work really well for road trips! The stories are based on real stories, dramatized in incredible fashion. Honestly, the voice talent used to bring the stories to life is just superb. The way the actors portray the characters is never overdone, and the music and sound effects completely draw you into the story. From the moment we started each episode until the end, we felt like we were there.

Some of the stories are total nail biters. They take you from settings like Ecuador, to Alaska. And the people in the story face real dangers, like the threat of jail, the Taliban, and yes, even death. That is one thing about both seasons of the Brinkman Adventures that I will say. Listening to them really got my kids to think about the very real dangers that some missionaries face. We meet missionaries at our church, and my children are familiar with the work that many of them do. But, for some reason, listening to these stories like this really brought the reality of the lives they live to something tangible to my children. In the first episode, you get introduced to a young man, who gives up a very comfortable life, and the support of his family, to deliver bibles in a country where being a Christian could get you killed.

When his father disowned him, my younger son was really heartbroken. He couldn’t imagine a family turning their back on their child for answering God’s call. This is something that led to much discussion, and prayer, for us. Another story my son found really exciting was Man Up, a true story that happened to Mr. Brinkman’s brother-in-law and tells about God’s amazing provision. All of the stories in the Brinkman Adventures will point your children back to the Lord and provide plenty of talking points for you and your family, as well as offering wholesome entertainment for all ages! We love listening to these and my kids are already asking about season 4! I would definitely recommend checking them out. They are available as a CD set or an MP3 download.

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Chicken Thighs and Fall Vegetables

I love the new fruits and veggies that make an appearance in the produce section of the grocery store as the seasons change. In Florida, it’s the only kind of “fall colors” that we get! This recipe looks so pretty on the plate, and it tastes delicious. I made it with boneless chicken thighs because they were on sale, but you could easily substitute chicken breasts or even a whole chicken if you wanted to.

Ingredients:

6 boneless chicken thights

4 carrots

2 cans quartered artichokes

1 red onion

1 yellow onion

3 cloves garlic

1 bag baby spinach

3 tbsp. Olive Oil

Adobo Seasoning

1/2 cup white wine

Grated Parmesan

  1. Heat the oil in a skillet and sprinkle the chicken thighs with the Adobo seasoning to taste.
  2. Add the chicken thighs to the skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, to brown.
  3. Remove the thighs and place them in a casserole dish sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
  4. Rinse the artichokes, and chop the carrots into rounds.
  5. Slice the onions and chop the garlic.
  6. Add the vegetables to the skillet and cook for about 5 minutes, until they are tender.

7. Add in the white wine (or chicken broth if you don’t want to use wine) and spinach simmer for one minute.

8. Add the vegetables and juice to the casserole dish. Top with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.

9. Bake in a 425 degree oven for 25 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through, then serve.

This was so yummy, my kids even ate the vegetables without complaining! And there was enough left over for my hubby to take to work for lunch! Thanks for stopping by! See you next week!