Monday, August 15, 2011

Oatmeal Carrot Dog Treats

I feel like I have had a pretty productive day today. With summer coming to an end, I realized all the things I hadn't gotten done yet, that I was so sure I would find time to do during my vacation. The procrastinator in me prevails every time. So today I decided to follow through on some of my goals, before my spare time dwindles into almost nothing.

I baked Lilly some treats! (Recipe to follow)
I organized my closet.
I donated old shoes and clothes! It had been awhile since I had gone through my closet!
I Organized/sorted through my jewelry.
My sister made this earring holder for me a few years ago- I LOVE it!
Can you tell where I take Lilly's bows off at night?

I organized the pantry (well, started to).
I'd call that enough for today. The closet was the biggest task- it was actually a two day process. 

I of course found a little time to browse pinterest and read new posts from my favorite blogs. I also read a heartbreaking article about starving dogs in rural India. I am so glad that The Karma Dog Project is trying to help them and I wish there was more I could do! They obviously need donations to fund this project so if this tugs on your heart strings at all and you are able to donate, they would put it to good use (I'm donating what I can with my very limited funds right now). Every little bit helps!

Lilly loves her vegetables. We often give her leftover veggies mixed in with her dinner and as treats. Can you guess what was mixed in with her breakfast this morning?
Beets :)
I decided to make her some dog treats based on another of her favorite veggies, that won't stain her face blood red. Carrots! She absolutely loves these oatmeal carrot treats and they are healthy for her!
Oatmeal Carrot Dog Treats

1 mashed banana
1 cup food processed carrots (until coarsely chopped)
1/4 cup applesauce
1/8 cup water
1 cup oats
1 cup brown rice flour
1 cup oat flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl, until the right consistency to roll out. Add a little extra water if too dry, a little extra flour if too sticky. Roll out dough on a floured surface until 1/4 inch thick. Using a cookie cutter, cut out into pieces and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake about 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool before serving. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for about 10 days, or freeze for longer lasting treats!

I processed my carrots until they looked like this.
You can put the treats close together on the cookie sheet- they do not spread or rise while baking.
Your dogs will love these healthy treats!
Lilly found a comfy shady spot in the backyard and watched me take pictures of her treats.
While I was out there, I noticed our tomatoes have dwindled. The ones that are left look like this. I wonder if it is because they need more water? Or they are getting too much sun? Or it is the end of their growing season?
Lilly likes these as treats too! She is a good little veggie eater :) She also highly suggests you make these oatmeal carrot goodies for your dogs and dog friends!
Now I'm headed back to the kitchen (where I belong, as my husband likes to joke. I think he's joking...) to make farmer's market quinoa for dinner. We have tons of farmer's market veggies so this a great way to use them up!


  1. Looks like you got a lot done today!! Treats look cute!! Did you make that recipe up? That earring holder is cute too! Did your sister use a picture frame and netting/mesh? Lilly's beet stains are priceless!! I can't believe she's about to be 5 years old!!! I always think that happens to tomatoes when they've gotten too much sun and it's like they explode? That's my theory at least. :)

  2. The dog treat recipe was made up- (somewhat) I looked at some other treat recipes and kinda combined them into this one. Dog treats are easy- I'd have no idea how to make up a baked good for people though!! Yes, I believe that is how my sister made the earring holder. She is much more crafty than I am :)

  3. yay! i'm totally making these for my pup!

  4. oh good! I just checked out your blog and I love it- your little dog Mina is adorable!

  5. thank you ;) so is lilly! maltese mixes are the cutestttt!

  6. Thank you for sharing your recipe. I made these for my Shihtzu Buttons... he really liked them!

  7. I had not ever put the two together! My pup loves chewing on carrots, and puppy biscuits! Such a great recipe! I cannot wait to try it out on my pup.

    Also, In honor of "Spoil your dog day" this Saturday, I'm throwing together a compilation of healthy, homemade dog treats. I'd like to include yours if that's OK?