Hi, I'm Maura.

Thanks for coming to my sweet corner of the internet! After eating ice cream nearly every day for 30 years, I've learned a thing or two about butterfat and have developed an eye for flavor profiles. Always experimenting in the kitchen, I studied the culinary arts throughout high school and contemplated a more formal career in the field. I grew up as a military dependent, traveling around the country and world with my family. I lived abroad in Japan for about 5 years of my life and have a full time job in higher education.

I run 12 Paws with my partner, Matt, who helps me focus on being the ice cream lady. 

You may be wondering where the name 12 Paws comes from-- we named 12 Paws after our 3 pets: Pickles (a staffy mix), Olive (a sassy tortie), and Pimento (a vocal orange tuxedo cat).