It’s cold outside and all you want is some comfort food in a bowl, right? This venison cheeseburger soup recipe swaps out ground beef for wild game in the form of ground venison for a warm, filling, creamy soup that is ready in under 40 minutes total time. In fact, while it’s easy to make soup in a slow cooker, this soup comes together so fast, there’s no reason not to make it on the stovetop. Trust us, it’s going to be a new family favorite soup.
To get this venison cheeseburger soup started, chop one onion, a carrot, a rib of celery and toss the veggies into a large saucepan where you’ve melted some butter. Add the ground venison and cook until the venison is no longer pink. While the veggies and meat are cooking, chop two russet potatoes.
When the venison is cooked, add a 1/4 cup flour and cook over medium-high heat for a minute. The all-purpose flour helps to thicken the soup, but you want to cook it so that it doesn’t taste like raw flour (partly because raw flour is not yummy, and partly because raw flour can have bacteria). Once the flour is cooked, add 3 cups chicken broth and the diced potatoes to the saucepan. Bring everything to a boil and let it simmer for about 10 minutes cook time, or until the potatoes are fork tender.
While the potatoes are cooking, cut up two hamburger buns because the best cheeseburger soup needs a bun. Toast the cubed buns. When the potatoes are done, gradually stir in 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese (sharp cheddar cheese is fantastic, but any cheese you like is good, too) and 1 1/2 cups milk, making sure the mixture does not boil while the cheese melts. Season with salt and black pepper. Transfer the venison cheeseburger soup to bowls and top the delicious soup with the hamburger bun croutons and parsley.
2 russet potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups milk
2 hamburger buns, cubed and toasted
parsley to garnish
Coarse salt and pepper, to taste
In a large pot melt butter and cook the venison, onions, carrots, and celery until venison is no longer pink. Add in flour and cook 1 minute. Stir in chicken broth. Add in potatoes. Bring to a boil then simmer until potatoes are done, about 10 minutes.
Gradually stir in cheese and milk, making sure the mixture does not boil. Transfer to bowls and top with the hamburger bun croutons and parsley.
Use sharp cheddar in this recipe for the best flavor. If the soup is too thick, add more milk if needed.
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Tennessee Farm’s Fall Festival Includes Charlie Daniels-Themed Corn Maze
Lyon Family Farms in Taft, Tenn. celebrated the late Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Charlie Daniels with an intricate and massive corn maze bearing Daniels’ likeness.
Members of the Charlie Daniels Band and its support team recently visited the farm and maneuvered a maze shaped like the music legend. Their post about visiting Lyon Family Farms began with a reference to another Field of Dreams.
Daniels died on July 7 following a hemorrhagic stroke. He went from the bass player for Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen to the singer-songwriter whose credits include crossover hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”
His Twitter and Instagram accounts and Facebook page remain active thanks to TeamCDB, with Charlie Daniels Jr. taking over his dad’s soapbox column. Posts still reflect the elder Daniels’ values, namely his unwavering support of the United States military. Junior’s best columns so far include a reflection on his father’s many friends in the Southern rock community.
Per its website, Lyon Family Farms is “the farm attraction of the Tennessee Valley.” Its annual Fall Festival began last month (Sept. 18, to be exact). It runs through Oct. 31 and features the area’s largest pumpkin patch. Other attractions include a petting zoo, pig races, duck races, tractor rides and a corn pit.
In addition, visitors can pick their own pumpkins, with all pumpkins costing $5 each no matter how big or small.
For more on Daniels, check out John and Robin Berry’s new podcast, Faith, Family & Friends. One of the earliest episodes features Daniels’ final interview.
And if you’re looking for a country music-themed corn maze closer to Nashville, check out Honeysuckle Hill Farm in Springfield’s maze, which is in the shape of the ACM’s reigning co-entertainer of the year, Thomas Rhett.
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chopped nuts, sprinkles, chocolate syrup, crushed candies, or any other of your favorite toppings
We know, we know, that’s a real rough list of ingredients to come up with, but we somehow think you’ll manage.
Step 1- Slice and scoop
The first thing you’ll want to do is preheat your oven to 375℉. Then, cut the apples in half and use a spoon or an ice cream scoop to remove the core and the seeds.
Step 2- Brush and bake
Lay each half of your cored apples into the cavities on a muffin tin. Brush them with melted butter and sprinkle generously with the cinnamon-sugar mix. Next, pour just a small amount of water in each of the apples and bake for 20 minutes.
Step 3- The fill
After you’ve removed your baked apples from the oven, fill each cavity with caramel. Now, you can go one of several ways here.
As we mentioned, you can always melt caramel candies over a stovetop in a double boiler or over very low heat. You can also go the super fancy route and make your own caramel sauce from scratch.
If you’re like us, though, and want to cut out the middleman as much as possible, you can take this tip from the folks over at Delish and just pop a few of the caramel candies right into the apples.
Step 4- Second bake
Bake the caramel stuffed apples once more for about 10 minutes or until the caramel is completely melted.
Then, you can drizzle them with chocolate, extra caramel, or whatever you fancy. Top it off in the same way and voila! Caramel apples sans mess!
If you usually get up at 8am, have breakfast while reading the news, then go for a walk to the shops, do it differently for a week. For example, instead, get up at 7.30am, walk to the nearest café and have breakfast there instead. By changing your routine in this way you’ll expose yourself to new activities and people, and keep things feeling fresh and new.
2. Refresh your look with a haircut
Get a haircut, shave the beard or mustache, or go to get a make-up makeover at a department store. If that’s not doable, try dying your hair at home, using curling tongues or curlers for a new look, or simply try different make-up or clothes.
3. Discover somewhere new and make yourself feel young again
It needn’t be an expensive worldwide cruise, even a simple train or bus journey to a British town you’ve never been to before is enough to open your eyes and make you feel young again. Spend time exploring on your own or with friends, visit a museum or art gallery, browse the shops, and enjoy a meal or coffee while you’re there.
4. Go down memory lane to rediscover your youth
Looking back on your life needn’t make you feel old, quite the reverse in fact, when you realise how easily you can slip back into your teenage mindset by listening to music from that time, or looking at photos.
5. Go back to school or university
It’s never to late to learn to do something new. Plumbing, watercolour painting, a new language – sign up for a class to discover your hidden talents. Even if you’re no good at it, you’ll enjoy the learning experience.
6. Spend some time with the kids
Spending time with children is a great way to feel young again as you can’t help but laugh along with them. You can offer to read to children at your local library or church, have your grandchildren over for an afternoon or take them to the park.
7. Enjoy a fairground ride
If you can stomach the rollercoaster, go for it, but if not, try going on the carousel or at least the ghost train. Getting scared and then experiencing relief helps release endorphins, which’ll make you feel young.
8. Spend a day at the seaside
There’s nothing like paddling in the sea, eating an ice cream as you stroll along the prom, and even getting the sand out of between your toes, to rekindle childhood memories and recapture the feeling of just being a kid again.
9. Look for volunteering opportunities
Giving up your own time for someone else makes you feel younger because it shows you how much you still have to give to the world. Go to timebank.org to find all kinds of volunteering opportunities.
Research shows that music set to a fast beat gets our hearts beating faster as well as releasing endorphins. It needn’t be modern music either – there’s plenty of classical music set to a fast beat (think of any chase scene in classic old films, for example), as well as more recent pop music.
Being vulnerable is important, but occasionally it can be a risk.
Posted Sep 28, 2020
Narcissism is insidious. It eats into self-worth, harms its victims, and extracts what’s positive about relationships while leaving behind an empty husk. The world is consistently seeking out information on what creates a narcissist, how to spot them, and how to end relationships with them. But do we really understand how insidious and charmingly dangerous these relationships can be?
Narcissists thrive on exhorting others’ vulnerabilities. It is both their “love” language and their victory speech. If you are in any kind of relationship with a narcissist — and although most people think of narcissism as pertaining only to romantic relationships, it can spill into other domains as well — brace yourself to fight battles regarding your vulnerabilities.
We know that, on the surface, narcissists view relationships as a means to an end — people are to be used, and meaningful connections with others are fairly non-existent. There are numerous anecdotal, as well as research-based, reports detailing the various signs of when you could be engaging with a narcissist. The problem is how challenging it is to objectively quantify something as subjective as a relational interaction with another human.
It may surprise people to know that in some studies, narcissists have demonstrated basic insight into how others view them and their own narcissistic traits. They have been able to recognize that as relationships progress, other people often start to increase their negative views of them and do not assess them as positively as they do themselves. Much of the time, however, this insight about their own behaviors and others’ perceptions of those behaviors ends there.
While narcissists are not experts at understanding the true nature of how others view them, they are professionals at scanning, assessing, and categorizing other people into the different ways they can be used. Don’t kid yourself into thinking that in the beginning, everything was different until the stress got to them — narcissists start out relationships gauging what benefit they will get from them. When relationships are deemed as being too costly for the rewards, they typically find ways to end them.
Relationships are the basis of human interaction and necessary in some form for nearly everyone to reach optimum health and well-being. Humans are social creatures; from extroverts to introverts, we all desire some type of connection with others. Although this is a great strength for us in many ways, when it comes to narcissists it can easily transform into a vulnerability. Narcissists quickly sniff out your desire for connection and tend to innately recognize the individuals who will be easier to manipulate or use in some way than others.
It is flattering to be the center of a narcissist’s attention in the beginning. Initially, they are attentive, dependable, superficially considerate, and eager to please. Many people find it gratifying to be told they are the only one who understands, they are special and unique from others, they have always deserved better, or they are the answer that someone has been seeking for a long time.
Vulnerability comes into play immediately when you start to interact with a narcissist. From the first few moments, they are working overtime to gain an understanding of where you are most vulnerable. They will instantly distinguish your loneliness, your lack of financial resources, your low self-esteem, and your anxiety. They’ll insert themselves into this area of your life to become indispensable. Once they have gained your trust, the expectation of payback starts to be made clear.
The subjective nature of narcissism is part of what makes it so difficult to contain. It seems effortless for narcissists to exert their demands onto others in murky ways that are challenging when trying to quantify what is really happening. Shouldn’t you always give them what they want because that’s what you do for someone you love? Shouldn’t you be willing to sacrifice your own desires to make them happy, especially after all they have done for you? Is it really too much to ask that you put their needs first when you have received so much?
Narcissists are usually careful to cover their tracks when exerting demands. Most of the time, their entreaties are couched in reminders of the ways they have helped you, how you have victimized them, and what you owe them. This method of getting needs met by others effectively shuts down protests when those requests become outlandish — really, aren’t they just asking you to give back a little.
This is the danger of narcissism. By the time most people realize what they have truly gotten into, they are in too deep to escape unscathed. They have accepted help in areas of vulnerability, they have shown interest, they have even gone so far as to extend trust — all deadly moves when a narcissist is on the hunt.
There is no true way to win a battle with a narcissist. The best way to break free is to not play — drop the rope, walk away, and disengage. If the situation is impossible to escape altogether, turn your attention to strengthening your areas of vulnerability instead. Give yourself time to build up self-esteem, become more independent in achievable steps, and build social support outside of the narcissistic relationship.
The decimation of narcissism crosses all barriers and impacts all levels of relationships, increasing exponentially the more involved each relationship becomes. For individuals who have maintained long term relationships with narcissists, the damage typically causes lifelong scarring. Trust becomes an elusive concept, built on shaky foundations from the past that led only to pain. The paranoiaof others’ motives is all too common, formed as a self-protective measure to guard against being used and hurt. The danger of narcissism prowls treacherously in its ability to alter the future long after the battle is over.