Deb's Morning Pages

My Writing Life. One Morning at a Time.

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Shih-Tzu (and a Turkey) Saturday

Spring has arrived but it sure doesn’t feel like spring. I woke with the sound of wind whipping through the trees. It definitely sounds more like fall than spring. But the forecast for next week shows temps in the 70s Fingers-crossed because these pups want to get out and have some serious play time and long walks.

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Also, this week Stella returned. I saw her one early morning having breakfast at the bird feeder.

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While we’re waiting on spring to really get here, I thought I’d take a look back at the Blizzard of 2013 and try a new gadget. I created a collage.

Blizzard 2013
Have a great Saturday!


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Prepping for Nano

Today I spent some time getting ready for Nano and that included pulling together the second act of my manuscript. With this project I decided to try using the three-act structure and so far I’m happy with it. Well, I’m happy with the first act. 🙂 The second act is a little more challenging. But I think I’m making headway. Take a look at what I was working with.

My little writing buddies, Susie & Billy, can confirm that prepping for Nano can be exhausting. Take a look.

Now, if that isn’t support I don’t know what is.


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Spinach Snack Balls for Pups

Here’s the newest treat my pups are crushing on these days. They’re easy to make and nutritious with spinach, whole wheat and oats.

Spinach Balls

3/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
2 tbsp. grated cheese (any kind)
1 cup frozen spinach, thawed but not drained
1 tbsp extra-virgin Olive Oil

1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl combine all of the ingredients. Using your hands or a small ice cream scoop, shape the mixture into golf-ball sized treats (I made mine smaller because my dogs are small). Place on a lightly greased baking sheet (or line the baking sheet with a silicone baking sheet).
2. Bake the spinach balls 20-30 minutes (I found since mine were smaller that 30 minutes made them too dry). Let cool, then refrigerate for up to 1 week, or freeze up to 6 months.

Billy enjoying a treat.

Susie didn’t wait for me to come to her to get another piece of the Spinach Ball, the princess actually came to me.

I got this recipe from Rachael Ray’s Every Day magazine. I tried to get a link to the recipe on her website because I don’t like to publish other people’s recipes but I couldn’t find a link. Since this recipe was a winner for my pups and I wanted to share I made the decision to publish it. So, please buy an issue of Rachael Ray’s magazine the next time you’re in the grocery store. I also know that there is a pup named Josie who will be trying this treat very soon. I hope you enjoy, Josie! One more thing, be sure to check with your vet to be certain all of these ingredients are suitable for you pup.


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A Little Shopping

I’m not the only one in the family who likes to shop. While running errands, Susie and Billy, showed me they can definitely hold their own in the toy aisle.

A girl likes to have choices.

So many toys…which one?

Found it!

I think it’s a squirrel (or chipmunk?) and an elephant.