Where You At?

Wondering where this food scientist has been? Well, between my full-time work as a cheese scientist (which is generally as much fun as it sounds) and working on my masters degree (which is exactly as stressful as it sounds), I also decided to start my own food company last fall!
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My business name is Anna Made It, LLC. Our first line of products is a brand called All You Can Oat and consists of packets with ground oats, flaxseed, nuts, and freeze dried fruits or dark chocolate to add to your yogurt cup or smoothie. They’re a great boost of fiber and flavor to add some variety to your diet, without any weird ingredients. I eat them in yogurt and oh my gosh are they ever perfect. I add some honey and dive into it every afternoon for an energy boost.

4A66A8FD-0C24-4353-BF53-95270CECE222.jpegWe also just starting making oatmeal cups that are SO DELICIOUS, I am completely hooked on them. There’s one with dark chocolate chunks, almonds, and freeze-dried raspberries that makes me so very happy. I scrape the container- oh, speaking of our containers, all our packaging is biodegradable and recyclable! How cool is that?5AA2AF04-271C-4526-99FC-DCAA04DFBB96So anyways, this is why I’ve been too distracted to share new recipes here with you. I love doing this food blog but man I love creating an innovative, healthy food idea and putting it out there in the world even more! This is my passion project.

Michael and I drive to a commercial kitchen and hand package all our products under strict GMPs. Knowing the ins and outs of the food industry’s has really helped us advance faster than some small food companies, but wow there is a lot to figure out you guys!! We are currently discussing UPCs, secondary packaging, labeling more effeciently, buying some fun swag items to sell along with our products…and I want to keep developing new flavors, products, even brands!

A85EA7F2-8350-4B32-9A0B-2235A4B71613.jpegI tend to go full force into life and never quite know where I’m going to end up, but it’s a fun adventure. If you want to join in on the fun,check out wwww.allyoucanoat.com!

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A Weekend in New York City

Alternative title: when you want to see New York City, but you don’t have a lot of vacation time so you cram in the highlights in 48 hours. Michael and I went to NYC and then Washington, D.C. (coming up next!) over the 4th of July week. We took a road trip from Wisconsin, so it took about 14 hours. We had a fantastic time, and learned a few things along the way that I wanted to share! Continue reading “A Weekend in New York City”

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See It All: A Guide to Exploring Maui, Hawaii

So you’re ready to go to Hawaii, and you’ve managed to decide on an island, even- Maui. It’s nicknamed “The Valley Island”, and it has everything you need for a tropical getaway. You just have to know where to find it all.

Now that I’ve been able to explore Maui three times, I can tell you what an outsider has learned about this slice of paradise. Budgets of any kind can afford an amazing Hawaiian adventure on this gorgeous island. I’ve been there 3 times, and I’ve loved every minute I’ve been able to spend there.
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Steps to Officially Becoming a Food Scientist

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Step 1. Take classes on everything from organic chemistry to the scientific study of food and enjoy making donuts but not chemical structures out of toys (seriously, they still do that in college).

0739t0001tStep 2. Graduate and ‘make history’ by being a part of the largest graduating class ever. This translates into the longest ceremony ever, in which I left immediately after getting                                               my diploma cover.

Step 3. Have a big park party with family and friends that includes a popcorn bar and two pinatas. Go out with friends for an after party that consists of laser tag and bowling until 2 AM.

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Step 4. Get a job as an Associate Analytical Scientist and try to figure out what that means before starting work 1 ½ weeks after graduation (hint: nailed it. I think).

13244828_10154237068794637_4803581935605591650_nStep 5. Try to survive as an adult after having the easiest last semester ever!

Note: My USB port and memory card reader on my computer stopped working, so I’m struggling to upload pictures of some recent baking creations. As soon as I get it fixed, prepare for some addictive recipes!

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Favorite Christmas Treats (+ Cocoa Recipe)

This is one of my favorite times of the year. My birthday is on January 5th, so I guess loving winter is in my blood! Christmas and New Year’s Day used to be fairly quiet events in my life. Once my siblings got married and had kids, my family moved our Christmas to New Year’s Day and Christmas Day was spent at my in-law’s house. Christmas morphed from piles of presents to  an amazing amount of family members! This year we’re having Christmas day at my parent’s house and the day after at my in-law’s. Luckily, they only live 20 minutes apart. I’m currently buried in school, with two more finals to finish this week. Plus I get to go to the dentist on Thursday…yay. So, instead of creating a ton of Christmas recipes, I’ve been using some tried-and-true favorites, as well as a few new ones. I thought I’d share my family’s favorite Christmas treats and the changes we’ve made to them. I hope you enjoy this magical time of year!

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Taste Of Home Cappuccino MuffinsCappuccino Muffins. These have a hit of coffee flavor and are perfect for our traditional Christmas brunch! The swirl of cream cheese that’s been spiked with espresso powder is a must-have. The muffins themselves are loaded with flavor and mini chocolate chips for a texture that’s irresistible. My sister and I have made these for years, and we don’t have to change a thing! Source: Taste of Home

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