Archive for May, 2011

Big Announcement…

May 24, 2011

I have a big announcement. It comes with pain, and also with the hope of new things and adventures to come.

Our family has decided that we will be relocating to the Eastern Shore of Maryland (Queen Anne’s Co, Talbot & Caroline Co).

At this time I do not have a moving date set in stone, but it does look like it will be the end of June/ beginning of July.

So, what does this mean to you?

Well….. for some it means I had the utmost pleasure photographing you and your family’s magic, and I wish you the best in life. For some, it means we may meet halfway in Annapolis for fun sessions there, and I can continue to document your family. For the Eastern Shore folks…. it means Andrea Burns Photography is coming your way, and I Can’t Wait To Meet You.

I would like to thank all of my clients thus far for believing in me and helping to build my business. If you were considering a session with me, I am currently booking studio sessions on the weekends, and location session on weeknights. And there are VERY FEW spots left.

Sweet, loveable, easy Caiden came back to play with me again!

You may remember his awesome studio-location session last fall, where he rocked the brick and the sunflare. Caiden is just one of the best…. knew when to smile, when to look pensive, and was just so easy going. He makes my job easy!

Thanks for coming back to Andrea Burns Photography, I love repeat clients!

I love this girl… she’s close to my heart. Mom is amazing and a blessing, and always has Tessa dressed to the nines. Miss Tessa was a little serious for me at our last session together and tried to be this tim around too… but I got some great smiles out of her.

Love you M family!

Audrey’s Birthday Cupcakes…. it is a little involved, but once you taste it, worth. every. step.

Caramel Banana Cupcakes

3 sticks (12 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 cup mashed ripe bananas
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons whole milk
3 large eggs, separated
One 5.5-ounce bag soft caramels, such as Werther’s Original Chewy
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar

1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Line 18 cups of 2 standard 12-cup muffin pans with baking liners. In a large bowl, beat 1 stick butter with 1 cup granulated sugar until fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add 3/4 cup bananas, the baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt and beat until smooth. Stir in 1 cup flour. Mix in 6 tablespoons milk and the remaining 3/4 cup flour until smooth.
2. Using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites at medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually mix in the remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar at high speed until stiff and glossy. Fold the egg whites into the batter until no streaks remain.
3. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin pans, filling each liner three-quarters full. Cut 9 caramels in half, and submerge one piece in each muffin cup of batter. Bake until the cupcakes are springy to the touch, about 25 minutes. Let cool.
4. Meanwhile, in a small, heavy saucepan, cook the remaining caramels, 1/4 cup milk, 1/4 cup banana and 1/4 teaspoon salt over medium heat, stirring, until the caramels are melted.
5. Using the electric mixer, beat the egg yolks and confectioners’ sugar until thick, about 3 minutes. Slowly beat in the caramel mixture; transfer the mixture to the saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly for about 1 minute. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until cool.
6. Using the electric mixer, beat the remaining 2 sticks butter at high speed until fluffy, about 5 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the cooled caramel mixture, then beat at high speed until fluffy. Spread the frosting onto the cupcakes.

mmm…. try not to eat more than 2 or 3 in one sitting.  ;)  I double dog dare ya!

This is precious Maya. She has some of the thickest blond hair, I’ve ever seen! You don’t usually see such a head of blond hair on a barely-two year old, but here is Maya in all of her glory. I am just in love with her dress (rufflebutts.com) and this color combo of her porcelain skin, hair, dress, and background. Perfection!

Thanks for coming to see me again F family! I’ve loved watching Maya grow!