I can!

I’m a strong believer in personal empowerment through a good solid mantra. I believe in the Power of Positivity!

Here’s a free printable for you to celebrate positivity. It’s 8×10, and meant for printing, framing and then using a dry erase marker on top to fill in the blank. Keep it by your mirror, computer, bed, or if you’re like me and sometimes need an extra boost you’ll keep it by your hand weights…

Download here

Download here

If you do print it, frame and use it I’d love to see what you write on it and where you put it – take a pic and share on the Sugar Grenade Designs Facebook page.

{I’ll be combining some lifestyle posts here on the new Sugar Grenade Designs website because I’ve realised by compartmentalising things so much that I’m kind of confusing myself. I am Sugar Grenade Designs, which means there will be more Autumn, more of my healthy living, more recipes, more design etc. being infused into the site. Get ready!}

Pinterest Tried and Tested: Chicken Satay on Homemade Naan topped with Cucumber, Cilantro and Coleslaw

I posted this pic on my instagram yesterday and declared myself a magician. Dinner was homemade garlic naan bread topped with iceberg lettuce, cucumber, cilantro, spring onion, chicken satay and coleslaw. The perfect fusion of salty, nutty, crunchy, tangy, doughy, yummy… Stuart actually groaned at first bite and then ate 3 more.

I make this naan recipe from BudgetBytes. It’s good every time. We’ve even used it for personal pizzas. My tip would be to roll it a little thinner than you think you might need. When I cook it I use garlic butter in the pan but you can brush it with garlic butter afterwards if you prefer. The dough for this can be made in a breadmaker on the dough cycle.
Next on is shredded iceberg lettuce, sliced cucumber – Stuart isn’t a fan of cucumber but from the first one he ate with cucumber on it he did say it’s a crucial member of this experience – sliced green onion, cilantro, then the Chicken Satay.

I use a basic, trusty Chicken Satay recipe:

2 tbls peanut butter
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup lime juice
3 tbls brown sugar
2 tbls curry powder
2 cloves chopped garlic
1 t hot sauce
3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts cubed or sliced thinnly

Combine all ingredients and marinade chicken in it for 2+ hours

You can skewer them, perfect for the barbeque or grill. I just throw the chicken and the sauce all into a frying pan and cook it slowly that way.
The coleslaw was from a bag – coleslaw mix with mayo, sugar and vinegar.


Soraya + Zizou

I got to take pictures of these two yesterday before they leave me for Virginia. I won’t lie, I’m pretty bitter about it but whatever. Go on and have a fantastic roadtrip and live in your cute 3 bedroom house far, far away from me. Whatever. Pffft!

Anyway! Soraya is high energy and almost 3 years old. It was good practice for me – I wasn’t sure I’d be able to capture any pictures of her because I’m not exactly high energy. But I did it. I captured her good.


Headband by My Miss Priss Boutique

This little woman is getting really big really quickly – she’s almost 19 months old now. She’s saying new words every day and is practicing little gestures and expressions every minute. When I want a somewhat smile from her I’ll ask “where are your teeth?” but today she said “cheeeeese”. She’s a cheesy lady!

Order Packages: Weddings and Baby Showers

I love a package order. Usually they come for Weddings or Baby Showers. Wedding packages include things like the invitation, an RSVP card, a save the date, directions and gift registry info. Baby Shower orders usually include the invitation, place cards, bingo cards, and water bottle labels. I love it all. I love creating coordinating items and tying all the colours and elements together.

Family Photography: The Fry’s

I’ve never really dived into the world of Family Photography because I feel like I’m too laid back. I don’t like  giving direction and am most comfortable just snapping away. It’s up to the family to tell me when they’re done etc. because I could go all day! Remember, I have never claimed to be a professional at this but I do really really really love taking family photos! If you can handle my casualness it’s all good, and if I may toot my own horn I’d say it’s even worth it.

If you have a dreamy patchwork quilt like the Fry’s I’ll happily trade you a session for it! Who’s ever heard of a photographer without a quilt?!