My “Americanized” Version of South African Chakalaka


For the next few days, I plan to write numerous posts about my recent trip to South Africa. I thought it would be fun to start off with a food post!

Whenever we travel to a new country or region, my husband and I love to try the local foods. Since my family couldn’t be with me on this trip, I thought I’d bring a little of South Africa home to them.

When we visited the Reagoboka Community Center, we were fed a delicious and authentic South African lunch of bogobe (porridge), morogo (spinach and potato mash), chakalala (beans and vegetables) and kgogo (chicken).

south african food chakalaka

Yes, I will admit it, I took seconds (when no one was looking). It was amazing!

The chakalaka (beans and veggies) and the morogo (spinach and potato mash), were my favorites! The chakalaka looked so simple, I made a mental note of the flavors and ingredients, and determined to try making it when I returned home.

I found this recipe for South African Chakalaka. It looked kind of similar to what I remembered, so I used it as a starting point, adding zucchini, red peppers and fresh tomatoes—since I harvested my garden this week and was excited to cook a meal pretty much straight from my garden!

I left out the hot chili peppers, because my kids are sometimes sensitive to hotter foods.

chakalaka south african ingredients from my garden

I chopped the onions and garlic and while they were sauteing I added all the other chopped veggies to a bowl. So pretty and so simple!

chakalaka chopped veggies

I then added the veggies and a large can of pork and beans (24 oz) to the large saucepan. (I was glad I used a very large saucepan. This made enough for 2-3 meals!)

chakalaka in saucepan

After it came to a boil, I let it simmer for about 20 minutes.

south africa recipe chakalaka

In hindsight, I should have looked at my photo from South Africa first. I see they had green beans in theirs and it looks like red pepper flakes. I also liked how they had more beans.

I am pretty much convinced you could add almost any vegetable or amount of veggies to this recipe and it would turn out quite well though. I might add less cabbage next time and throw in some green beans. Or I might just add whatever leftovers I have in the fridge – since that’s probably what they do!

I did add about 1 cup of water, because I wanted to serve it more like a soup. In the future I probably won’t do this. I also will consider adding the beans for just the last 5-10 minutes of simmering. I did not feel they needed cooked as long as everything else. (I might even try replacing the pork and beans with white navy beans.)


All said and done though, the flavor was incredible, my family loved it, and my husband wouldn’t stop talking about it. So it was a win!

South African Chakalaka

South African Chakalaka


  • 4 Tbsp oil (we used coconut)
  • 1 onion
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 Tbsp gingerroot
  • 3 small chilies (we left this out)
  • 2 Tbsp curry powder
  • 1 (14oz) can diced tomatoes (or 4-5 fresh tomatoes)
  • 1 green pepper
  • 2-3 carrots
  • 3 small zucchini (or 1 zucchini)
  • 1 (24oz) can pork and beans
  • 4 cups shredded cabbage
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan.
  2. Saute onions until they are soft and transparent.
  3. Add garlic, giner and chili peppers. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add curry powder and cook an additional 1-2 minutes.
  5. Add vegetables, and bring them to a boil.
  6. Turn down the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes.
  7. Add water if necessary.

Are you signed up for my South Africa Advocacy Trip Newsletter?

My trip is now over, and I have returned home, but I will still be sending updates about my trip, about being an advocate and about the work God is doing in South Africa. I also plan to share some unique stories and photos with this email list, that will not be shared on the blog. So be sure to sign up and follow along!

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$25 for a $50 Gift Card to The Works in Wyomissing

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Have you heard of PA 50/50 Deals? I’m not sure when I first learned about it, but I know it was a few years ago. They only make a few deals available and they usually sell out quickly. My favorite deals are the $25 for $50 to the Works in Wyomissing, and the $50 for $100 to Esbenshades Greenhouse!!

What I love about the $50 gift card to the Works is that it is a real gift card. Its not like a Local Flavor deal that you have to use all at once. You can use it little by little. You can use it at the restaurant OR at the game room. Anywhere a The Work gift card is accepted!

To buy the deal you can go to this page. At the time I posted this, there were 18 deals remaining. I highly recommend signing up for the email alerts so you are notified immediately when a new deal becomes available.

What is the Works?

If you’ve never heard of The Works, you have to check it out! It’s a lot like Dave & Buster’s.

The Works is a large indoor entertainment facility in Wyomissing, PA, 1 hour west of Philadelphia or about 25-30 minutes east of Lancaster. They have 2 restaurants, a high-speed go kart track “Slick Willy’s”, a multi-million dollar arcade, and a huge indoor “Ballocity” play structure for kids.

The building was purchased, and after massive renovations opened as “The Works” in April 2003.  Eleven years later, the business has been through a constant process of change and growth, with more growth and change to come.  We take pride in our history and are glad that you have chosen to enjoy our unique and special space that we call “The Works”!

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Don’t let the “fun” atmosphere deceive you. The Work’s diverse, scratch-prepared menu can please even the fussiest “foodie”! Whether you are interested in an appetizer, a burger or an entree, they have an incredible selection. And I love that you can check out the menu online before you go!

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You can often find Local Flavor deals available for The Works as well. These are also 50% off deals, but they are usually only good for the restaurant.

Kids and Teen Consignment Sales in and around Lancaster County, PA

kids and teen consignment sales in lancaster county

Shopping at consignment sales is a great way to save money on kids clothes, accessories, activities, books, sports equipment and more! You can find most things at yardsale prices, and you’ll save time only going to one place to do your shopping.

Here are some of the more popular and larger kids/teen consignment sales in or around the Lancaster area.

1. WeeUsables Consignment Event

weeusable consignment sale
This sale is located at Spooky Nook Sports in Manheim and in York. WeeUsables is THE one-stop solution for local families to buy and resell safe, high-quality children’s items thru twice a year, temporary, pop-up consignment events.

The merchandise varies at each event but includes clothes (preemie to kids size 20), toys, strollers, car seats, high chairs, bikes, books, bouncy seats, children’s games, DVDs, nursery items, furniture and much more!  WeeUsables is independent and locally-owned, run by and for local families.

The next WeeUsable Lancaster event is from September 19-22, 2016 and then they are in York from October 6-8, 2016. Follow their facebook event page for more information.

2. Just Between Friends Lancaster Sale

JBF Lancaster consignment sale
This event is held at the LANCO Fieldhouse in East Petersburg. The JBF sale in Lancaster is a hyper organized, mom friendly, savings extravaganza! If you have children or grandchildren, are expecting a new baby, or work with children, JBF is for you! Join us as we take over 30,000 square feet of shopping awesomeness!

Anyone can consign with JBF and everyone can save. This is one sale you cannot afford to miss – all you need to do is register! There are no limits or upfront costs to sell with JBF.

The next JBF Lancaster sale is from October 6-8, 2016. You can view the full schedule here. You do need to print a ticket to enter the sale for FREE. Follow their facebook event page for updates!

3. KGM Community Consignment Event in Hershey, PA

community consignment event
This event is held at the Brownstone Masonic Lodge in Hershey. Accepted Forms of Payment: CASH, VISA, MASTERCARD & DISCOVER. Sorry, no personal checks are accepted. Come consign, shop or volunteer with us.

Visit their website for more details on this great event.

The next KGAM Consignment Sale is Friday, September 30, 2016, from 9am-6pm, and Saturday, October 1 from 8am-3pm. Follow their facebook event page for more information.

4. Berks Kids Closet in Lebabnon and Leesport

berks kids closet consignment sale
Massive Children’s Consignment sale! Gently used clothing, toys, baby items, shoes, coats, puzzles, bikes, furniture, books, backpacks, strollers, Halloween costumes, Snow boots, snow suits and much more! Over 500+ local families participating. Half Off Sale 1-2 pm, FREE Admission. **Sorry no strollers/carts allowed in during the sale**

They have 16 Computerized check outs. No deadline for accepting consignors.

The next Berks Kids Closet Consignment Sale is at the Leesport Farmers Market from 8am – 2pm on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Follow them on their facebook event page.

5. MOMS Club of E-Town Children’s Consignment Sale

moms club of etown childrens consignment sale
This sale is located at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 398 N. Locust St. You will find baby and children’s and maternity clothing, toys, movies, books, equpiment, anything you need for BABY! 🙂 This is a CASH ONLY sale so please come prepared. Proceeds from the clothing sale, bake sale, and silent auction will benefit Central PA Food Bank-Elizabethtown, Elizabethtown Public Library, Jewel David Ministries, and Morningstar Pregnancy Center.

For more information, e-mail or visit:

6. Faithful Friends Consignment Sale

faithful friends consignment sale reading, pa
This sale is located at the West Lawn Methodist Church in Reading, PA. Faithful Friends Consignment Sale is an ever-growing non-profit sale that benefits our consignors, shoppers, and most importantly our community!

The next Faithful Friends Consignment Sale is March 10-11, 2017. Registration will open this winter. You can follow them on facebook for up to date information.

7. Free Spirit East Consignment Sale in Harrisburg

free spirit consignment sale
Let Free Spirit East help you save this holiday season! Visit our Holiday Workshop for wonderful consignment deals on thousands of quality items for the little ones on your nice list! Whether you are looking for toys for under the tree, books to read by the fire or winter jackets to play out in the snow…we’ve got you covered! Most items are 70-90% off of retail! And all that is missing is the finicky plastic packaging that you dread navigating on Christmas morning!

The next Free Spirit event is a holiday sale on November 19, from 8am to 4pm. Follow their facebook event for updates.

If you know of any other consignment sales in the Lancaster area,
please comment below or contact me so I can add them to this page.
Thank you!

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My #1 First-Time Consignor Regret

MOOS Community Celebration – Bounce Houses, Face Painting and more!

moo Lancaster

MOOS, a before school enrichment program for Fulton Elementary School students in Lancaster, is hosting a day filled with fun, food and fellowship on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 10am to 2pm!

Breakfast and lunch items will be available for purchase. You can also take part in a silent auction featuring gift cards and items from local businesses and restaurants.

The event will include fun things for the whole family:

  • live musical entertainment featuring WJTL’s Phredd and the MOOS Band
  • face painting
  • caricature drawings
  • games/contests
  • bouncy house
  • silent auction (featuring items from Splits & Giggles, Sight & Sound, Lancaster YMCA, Fulton Theater and more!)

Learn more on the MOOS Facebook Event page!

FREE Civil War Living History Encampment civil war encampment will host a FREE event, open to the public, on Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25.

Civil War re-enactors from across the region will set up camp, relive, and remember the Burning of the Wrightsville Bridge and the ensuing Battle of Gettysburg. More than a dozen military and civilian tents will dot the landscape as soldiers and civilians display the equipment and accoutrements of a Federal Union Camp.

There will be music, food, and plenty of educational displays.

On Saturday evening at 6:30pm, visitors can experience the camps at dusk as you wind through the grounds lit by luminaries and listen to the voices from the past capture life in the camps through story and song. Good walking shoes recommended.

Living History Encampment Hours:

  • September 24, 2016 from 10am-8pm  |  Torchlight Tours begin at 6:30pm
  • September 25, 2016 from 10am-4pm

This is a free event and open to the public. You can find directions here and more information on their facebook event page.

Then for a small fee, you can step inside President James Buchanan’s Wheatland and relive 1863 through a special living history performance. 

Did you know you can sign up for FREE passes for the Wheatland home through your local library?


8 Things Every Grandma Should Have (That You Can Buy For Cheap at Consignment Sales)

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Just Between Friends of Reading. All opinions are my own.

When I was pregnant with my first child, my mom’s church did a pretty unique thing. There were a few ladies who were all having their first grandchildren. The pastor’s wife organized a surprise Grandma-To-Be Shower for all of the new Grandma’s!

At the shower, we played normal baby shower games, ate delicious baby shower food, and gave small gifts ($5 and under) to the new Grandma’s. It was a wonderful time of celebration and was special not just for the Grandma-to-be but also for the mom-to-be. What a unique opportunity to celebrate your mom and appreciate her excitement for the new baby too!

Why do I tell you this story? The number one reason is because it might be something you never thought of, and you’d like to try! The second reason is to let you know about a great event coming up soon where you can buy gifts for your grandma-to-be shower. The JBF Kids Consignment sale in Lancaster!

8 things for grandma at the JBF lancaster consignment sale

First things first, I need to point out that first-time moms and Grandmas can enter the sale for FREE on October 5, beginning at 4pm. Sign up for the JBF Lancaster: First Time Parents and Grandparents ticket.

So many grandmas today babysit their grandkids or take care of them at some point. It is a great idea to get grandma’s the things they are going to need, and to remember it is exciting for them also!

8 Things Every Grandma Should Have

1. Pack N Play

Instead of buying a crib when her first grandchild was born, my mother-in-law bought a Graco Pack N Play. These are perfect for Grandma’s house as they include everything in one — a napper, a changing table, a mobile toy and a play yard for as the baby grows.

Be sure to also grab fitted sheets and a Pack N Play crib mattress cover. 

graco pack n play grandma-to-be shower

2. Umbrella Stroller

Grandma will likely want a small umbrella stroller that she can easily transport but won’t require a lot of room.

An umbrella stroller is an economical choice you can likely find for less than $20 at a consignment sale.

 things grandma needs umbrella stroller

3. Books

Every Grandma must have quality books! Consignment sales are perfect for buying books at a great price, and there are hundreds to choose from!

Many books are priced at $2 or less!

Here are some favorites to look for: Goodnight Moon, Llama Llama Red Pajama, Love You Forever, I Love You, Grandma, and Grandma and Me: A Lift the Flap Book.

books for grandma

4. Melissa & Doug

Melissa & Doug toys are educational and durable. Grandma will love keeping them in her home, and they will last through many grandkids! They also make some incredible products for Grandma to keep in her purse for church or waiting rooms.

Melissa & Doug products are 40% off retail price at JBF!

Melissa & Doug consignment sale 40% off

5. Bottle Brush and Drying Rack

If Grandma will be taking care of the infant, mom will probably provide her own bottles for the baby, but Grandma will still need a bottle brush and a bottle drying rack (retail for $12+).

Bottle drying racks sell for about $3-5 at a conisgnment sale.

bottle drying rack deal at consignment sale lancaster

6. Bumbo

Bumbos are excellent for Grandma. The baby can sit in it on the floor so Grandma knows she is safe, or Grandma can even take it outside while she works in the garden or weeds. Buying a Bumbo at a consignment sale equals huge savings!

Bumbos typically sell for $15-25 at a consignment sale, but new are $35+.

grandma gift bumbo seat

7. Cute Outfits

Grandmas love to keep a few cute clothes at their house for the grandchildren. Clothes that are special for at Grandma’s house and are only worn there. Onesies like I love you to the moon and back, I love my Grandma and Loved by Grandma will leave lasting imprints in memories.

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8. Photo Album & Frames

When the baby is not at Grandma’s house, Grandma will love having a photo album (otherwise known as a grandma brag book) or picture frames for her first grandchild. Here is a neat photo frame I found at last year’s sale.

consignment sale photo frame

The Just Between Friends Lancaster Sale

The Just Between Friends Lancaster sale will be held October 6-8, 2016 at the Lancaster Fieldhouse, 1901 Miller Road, East Petersburg, PA 17520. Here is the complete JBF Fall sales schedule.


There are FREE pre-sale passes available for first-time parents, grandparents, and teachers. Be sure to follow this link to print your ticket before you leave for the event!

Admission is FREE on all public sale days with your pass. Children and strollers are welcome on the public sale days.


You can also follow the JBF Lancaster sale on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates, coupons and prizes.

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How I Priced My Consignment Sale Items to Earn a Healthy Profit
What Sold and What Did Not Sell
How I Tagged My Clothes and Why I Decided to Buy a Tagging Gun
My #1 First-Time Consignor Regret

Cherry Crest Adventure Farm Homeschool Day

cherry crest adventure farm homeschool day

Homeschooling families are invited to visit Cherry Crest Adventure Farm Thursday, September 15th or Friday, September 16th for CCAF’s Homeschool Days.

Bring your family or homeschool co-op to experience the fun and educational components of our farm at your leisure. Venture into our 5 acre corn maze for an unique adventure. Explore the Farm Experience Center where you can hold a baby chick. Relax on our educational Farm Tour Wagon Ride. Enjoy the many attractions in our Barnyard and Courtyard areas. Admission includes the corn maze and 50+ farm fun attractions!

For these two days only homeschooling families will be admitted at the special homeschool rate of $12.00 per person (ages 3 years old through adult). There is no need to pre-register, simply visit our farm September 15th or 16th and tell our admissions staff that your family is here for Homeschool Days.

This discounted admission rate is good for these two days only and WILL NOT apply to any other day’s visit. Discount only applies to homeschooled students and parents (additional family members i.e grandparents, other extended family members pay regular admission).

Added bonus: If you visit on Friday, September 16th you are eligible to stay into the evening for our first flashlight maze of the fall season at no additional cost!

FREE Queso at Moe’s on September 15, 2016

moe's free queso and chips september 15 lancaster lititz

Have you been to any of the Moe’s Southwest Grill locations in Lancaster yet? Now is the time to check them out! They are offering a FREE 16oz queso dip & chips to all customers on September 15, 2016.

Queso lovers are encouraged to share photos and posts to spread the love for Moe’s Famous Queso using the hashtag #FreeQuesoRocks on their favorite social platforms.

Better yet, three lucky fans who use the hashtag will be randomly selected to receive FREE QUESO FOR A YEAR.

In addition to free queso, limited edition Free Queso Day t-shirts will be available at select locations.

On this map are the Lancaster locations. You can find specific directions here.

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Only $5 for $20 Worth of Dutch Country Soft Pretzels!!!

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In celebration of Labor Day weekend, Local Flavor is offering $5 off all of their deals!

Why is this so exciting? Because these are already half off deals. So you’re getting more than 50% off each deal.

My favorite deal is $20 worth of Dutch Country soft pretzels.

Have you ever been to this place?

It is along Route 322 with a New Holland address – but its between New Holland and Ephrata.


This weekend we enjoyed a soft pretzel (only $2 fresh for either original or cinnamon). They have a cute little picnic table you can enjoy your pretzel at in the nice weather.


This deal is only $5 for $20 worth of pretzels with the coupon code EASYSAVE!!

My favorite thing to buy at Dutch Country Soft Pretzels is their bag of a dozen frozen pretzel sticks for only $5. I love soft pretzels as a snack but pretzel sticks are even better.

  • They fit nicer in the freezer.
  • They are a nice portion size for a kids snack (think when they get home from school!).
  • And they are a good price. Only $5 for a dozen.


Other deals worth considering:

Prices shown reflect prices after you use the coupon code.

$10 for a family 4-pack of corn maze tickets
$10 for 6 tickets to a Lancaster Polo Match
$10 for $30 worth of casual dining at The Franklin House
$10 for $30 worth of Italian Cuisine at La Piazza
$5 for $20 worth of Sweet Frog (in Wyomissing)
$10 for $30 wroth of casual dining at Bube’s Brewery