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Oatmeal Homemade Dog Treats & Pictures from West Virginia

Hello. Sorry I’ve been M.I.A. lately. If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you already know that I was in West Virginia over the holiday weekend, and then I was hit by the plague as soon as we arrived home early Tuesday morning (early as in 1:00am) – not even joking…

Oh, and if you don’t follow me on Twitter and Facebook, what the heck are ya waiting for?! 😉 Get. On. It. 

Anywaaaays, today is Day 3 of what I’ve deemed Mandy’s Solitary Confinement and the good news is, I am finally starting to feel like a human being again.  The bad news is, it took 1.5 boxes of Kleenex, 1 bag of Ricola cough drops, 1 carton of Florida’s finest orange juice, 2 liters of Gatorade, a few Green Smoothies, lots of T.L.C. from Bryan (along with avoidance), and close to 40 hours of sleep to get there.  Hey, I don’t fall often, but when I fall, I fall hard. 

Now that I am feeling better, I wanted to share with y’all my new favorite recipe for Homemade Dog Treats, along with some of my favorite photographs from our trip to West Virginia.

Soooo what should we start with?


Dog treats it is!  Thanks for your input Buddy. 😉

I made these dog treats last week when I realized I was almost out of the Peanut Butter Treats and we were leaving town soon – I could never leave my pups treatless! What kind of mother do you think I am?!

These homemade treats are easier than my last recipe.  Only 5 ingredients – oats, peanut butter, vegetable broth, salt and egg.  Simple, right? 

And the instructions for making them are even simpler, making these yummy dog treats easy enough to make on a regular basis.  Your furry friends will thank you…

And so will your wallet. 😉


Oatmeal Homemade Dog Treats
Yield: ~25 treats (depending on the size of cookie cutter you use)


  • 2 cups +1/2 half cup rolled oats
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup unsalted, low-fat vegetable broth
  • 1 T peanut butter


  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. Add 2 cups oats, salt, vegetable broth, peanut butter and egg to a large mixing bowl. Combine well. Add remaining ½ cup of rolled oat and combine.
  3. Pour onto a large cutting board (or wax paper) and knead dough for about 3 minutes. Let stand for about 3 minutes to begin to become firmer (you can even put it in the fridge). Press to ½-inch thickness.
  4. Cut with cookie cutter and place onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet or Silpat mat.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
  6. Store in an airtight container for use or store in a ziptop bag in the freezer for later thawing and use.



The pups loved them! They looked so good I almost ate one…


And now we move on to West Virginia…

Bryan’s family has a reunion every two years at different spots in West Virginia. This year they picked Stonewall Resort, nestled within Stonewall Jackson Lake State Park.


We all stayed in little cottages right along the lake.  This was the view from our cottage.



The first day we went on a boat ride around the lake and I spotted this little deer.  It’s been awhile since I’ve seen a deer!

Bet you had no eye deer….teehee.


It reminded me a lot of home. But let’s be honest, nothing beats Idaho.


The second day, Bryan and I went on a nice hike with his mom and we spotted several monarch butterflies drinking water off of a rock – some of them looked like they were eating bird poop!

Gross monarchs. Just gross. 

That’s it for now… my sickness feels like it’s resurfacing. 😦


Luckily, the pups are here to help…

They deserve more treats. 🙂




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