The number 7 is considered to be one of the luckiest numbers for various reasons – 7 days of the week, 7 colors in the rainbow, 7 notes on the musical scale, 7 continents, etc. And to add to the list…7 beans in this delicious soup! Growing up, we ate Lucky Day Soup a lot. It was delicious and cheap. It also makes a beautiful gift! Bonus!!!
Here is what you will need:
- 7 bags of beans (the more color variety, the better)
- Several 16 oz jars (I use leftover peanut butter jars or canning jars)
- Card stock
- Ribbon, twine, bows (pretty things)
- ¼ measuring cup
Here are the beans I chose:
You can substitute any kind of bean for these, but the red, black, green, and white are so important to making the gift look nice.
Open all the beans and start layering ¼ a cup of each color of bean.
Continue through all the colors. You will end up repeating two colors twice.
The last color won’t be seen really because the lid will cover it up. I always use Pinto beans because they have such great flavor.
If you have a pretty lid, just tie a bow around it and call it a day.
If your jar lid has writing on it (like my peanut butter one does) cover it with a label, or a square of fabric and tie it with some twine.
To keep the fabric from fraying, cut it with some pinking shears.
To keep the fabric in place when tying a ribbon or whatever around it use a rubber band to hold it and then cut it off, once the ribbon is tied.
Don’t forget to put a pretty label or tag on it with the cooking instructions. I have included the tag I used, but in case you want to copy and paste it onto your own thing, here are the instructions:
- Soak beans overnight in 6 cups of water
- Rinse well in a colander
- Add beans, ham hock, one onion (halved), and ½ tsp salt or more to taste
- Cover with fresh water
- Cook in crockpot on high 4-6 hours or low 6-8 hours
Add your tag and then…Viola! Delicious and pretty Christmas presents for teachers, co-workers, and the world!
Originally published December 15, 2015