Recipes: Swedish Meatballs

Vickie’s Swedish Meatballs
I love this dish. My Dad made this when I was in my teens, but I always felt something was missing. A friend of mine invited me for dinner and he cooked this dish based on his Mom’s family recipe.

Over the years I’ve altered both those recipes to my family’s taste. Out went the green peppers, in went a few spices. Out went the soy sauce and in went the Worcestershire sauce.

You can make the meatballs from scratch, or use store bought meatballs. And it doesn’t matter what kind of pasta noodles you use either. We like egg noodles in this dish, but fettuccine works well too.

Ingredients

  • Pasta Noodles
  • 30 oz. Meatballs – fresh or store bought (thawed)
  • 12 cup Diced Onion
  • 1 tblspoon butter
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tblspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tblspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 12 teaspoon rosemary
  • Do NOT add salt – there’s enough salt in the beef stock.

Directions

  • Fill a medium sauce pot, with warm water and noodles. How many noodles is up to you. But you’ll need at least 1 cup. I like to add a tab of butter to the water, but that’s optional. Cook over medium heat until tender.
  • In a large skillet, melt butter and saute the chopped onion.
  • Half-way through the saute, add the meatballs. You want to brown the balls before you add the liquid ingredients.
  • Once the meatballs have cooked, add the flour to the mix and allow it to soak up any left over butter or grease from the meat. Stir the flour until it clumps.
  • Next add the Worcestershire, heavy cream and beef stock. Stir until the flour has melted into the liquid and starts to thicken.
  • Add the pepper and rosemary. Stir frequently until the sauce has thickened to your preference.
  • Drain the cooked noodles and add them to the skillet mix. Stir and let sit over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  • Serve hot.

Alternatives

  • My friend’s mom liked to add green peppers to her sauce. I wasn’t a fan. But if you like that sort of thing, slice a green pepper into long strips and add them to the skillet when you add the liquid ingredients. Cook the mix for an extra 10 minutes, Before you add the noodles.
  • You can use Soy sauce instead of Worcestershire. It significantly changes the flavor of the sauce.
  • You can add Thyme to the mix when you add the Rosemary.

Serve

  • Serve Hot
  • Serve with fresh warmed Italian bread slices.

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SSL Blog Conversion Issues

Media Library Grid View – Images Not Showing

So Frustrated!

This isn’t a short post!
But I’m at the end of my frustration and I need help.

I finally had a chance to convert all of our family blogs to SSL about 2 weeks ago. Thanks to the WordPress Forums I was able to solve 90% of the issues I had after converting the first blog. So thanks to those folks for all that.

The first issue was losing images on all the posts.
Someone recommended installing the SSL Insecure Content Fixer plugin to fix that problem. Once I did that, they still weren’t showing. Then I found someone else with the same problem and someone said it might take a day or two for the propagation of the images to show up. So I was patient and now all that works on all our blogs. Yeah!

But…I’m having 2 more issues. And they’re both specific to this blog only.
If you go to https://springwolf.com, you’ll see my header graphic on the page.
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Recipes: Beef or Chicken Burritos

Vickie’s Beef or Chicken Burritos – with White Queso
As we’ve gotten older, really hot food has become a problem. Especially for me. But we still love Mexican food. So we’ve come up with alternative recipes for our favorite dishes. This is one of those recipes. Of course you can make a few alterations to this recipe and hotten it up for those in your house who like spicy food.

This is just my quick and easy burritos with White Queso sauce. To make this a big family meal, think about adding some Spanish rice on the side.

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Recipes: White Queso

Aidan’s White Queso Sauce/Dip
One of our favorite restaurants in the Richmond Virginia area is Mexico Palace. The Spotsylvania store was our local branch. The folks there are always friendly, efficient and the food is great!

Now that we live in NC, our son has turned his hand to duplicating their White Queso dip. It’s great as a dip or a white sauce over burritos, enchiladas or whatever Mexican dish you enjoy. This is his current version of their Queso. Even if it’s not exactly theirs, it’s really really good!

Use as a White Sauce for Beef Burritos.

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Is Nascar A Sport? Are Nascar Drivers Athletes?

The Questions That Simply Won’t Go Away
By Springwolf – Updated 03/2021

It’s a continual question from those who don’t know racing and don’t take the time to learn. Is NASCAR really a sport? Are Race Car Drivers Athletes? Of course the answer to both is YES! But that doesn’t stop the annual questions from critics who have no idea what they’re talking about in the first place.

Anthony Wayne Stewart
3-Time NASCAR Cup Champion

Every year some ‘sports writer’ or newspaper columnist voices the question and then attempts to answer it by saying NASCAR is just a southern activity attended by beer drinking rednecks. They profess to know more than the millions of fans who watch their favorite driver, team and races by claiming that NASCAR isn’t a sport and the drivers aren’t athletes. “All they do is make left turns and waste gas” is their typical line.

Sadly their rhetoric is voiced by the millions of people who don’t have a clue what racing is about. Add to that the age of Twitter and Facebook which gives a platform to people to degrade and put down anyone who does see things the way they do.

After a while it does get annoying and fans of NASCAR sometimes feel the need or desire to respond to these questions. We all know it falls on deaf ears and rarely makes a difference. But many of us love our sport and want to defend it against those that simply use stereotypical put-downs to degrade something they don’t understand.  Continue reading

Configure Your Vintage Live Wallpaper

Find Settings On Your Favorite Classic Wallpaper

Koi by Kittehface

When Android updated the way they handle Wallpapers and Themes, some of the “classic” Live Wallpapers were adversely affected. One of my favorite Wallpapers Koi by Kittehface, was one of these.

Since that initial Theme rollout, additional updates have made it possible to run those Wallpapers again. But you may have trouble customizing the settings for your Live Wallpaper. If you try to access those settings through the app, or through the Desktop and Screen Saver settings, you may notice there are no customization icons or menu options. That  happened to my favorite Koi fishes Wallpaper. So how do you get to those settings?

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Vintage Android Backgrounds

Koi by Kittehface

Setting Your Favorite Old Live Wallpaper

When I bought my first cell phone, it was a simple Nextel flip phone. I can’t even think about how long ago that was. 1997, 98 maybe. A lot has changed since those “olden days”, as my son calls them. Mostly the changes have been really cool things and even us old folks can’t imagine life without a Smart Phone.

A few not so good things have happened to the technology too. No I’m not talking about the social and personal aspects. I’m talking about updates, upgrades, leaving some of our favorite apps in the dust, causing us to look for an acceptable replacement. And often being frustrated because we can’t find that exact match, especially for those of us who don’t like change.

The only constant in the Universe,
is that Things Change. Never give up.
~ Springwolf 🐾 © 1990

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Recipes: Roast Beast Stew

Vickie’s Roast Beast Stew

Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve loved the Grinch Who Stole Christmas. Especially the ending when the Grinch is serving the ‘roast beast’ for dinner. The name was the inspiration for my own roast beef concoction. A delectable beef stew to calm any beastly appetite.

This slow cooked roast beast is best prepared in a large crock pot and cooks over night. There’s little you need to do during the slow cook. But boy does it fill the house with a delectable aroma. I think it’s perfect for those cold snowy days, when you crave something warm in your tummy. And it’s easy to make, which leaves more time for sledding and snowball fights.

Preparation time:

  • 20 minutes to prepare, but you’re going to cook it in a crock-pot for 12 to 18 hours. That means starting the cook time early in the morning to have it ready for dinner.
  • Or the easier method, start preparation at 9pm, cook it over night until dinner the next day.
  • If you use the over night method, you’ll have to check it several times during the day to add water.

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Recipes: Cracked Pepper Roast Beef

GrandMa Sandy’s Cracked Pepper Roast Beef

A perfect recipe to stick to your bones on a cold winters day. This roast dish has a French flair with the base being Aus Jus. You can make the sauce from scratch, or use Sandy’s option and purchase a package of McCormick Aus Jus.

Sandy preferred to make this roast in a pressure cooker. But through the years, she opted for an easier method and prepared this dish in a crock pot instead.

I recommend the crock pot as well. It’s less dangerous. If you’ve ever been around a pressure cooker that exploded, you’ll understand. Hmm, I wonder what happened to my Mom’s pressure cooker. I believe it went missing after an explosion incident, and that’s when the crock pot appeared. Continue reading

Intel 9560 Not Working

Intel(R) Wireless-AC 9560 Not Working

Santa brought me a brand new 2019 Dell G5 5587 15.6″! A red one. Yeah! It’s been great. Until…..today when I started it up and there was NO internet connection.  Ok, so what happened and how do I fix this. Here’s what I found out.

  1. First make sure your wireless network is working. The easiest way to do this is to check your cell phone. If it has a connection, your pc should also have a connection.
  2. Many people who have had this problem, shut their computer down and started it back up. Which magically fixed the problem. So try that first.
  3. A lot of people said they had to do a hard shut down, before the problem resolved itself. A hard shut down is accomplished by pushing your power button and holding it for a few seconds. (Make sure any work you’ve done has been saved FIRST!)

If that didn’t work, you’re going to have to delve deeper. Continue reading