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Giving the Gift of Lucky Day Soup

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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

lucky day soup ingredients and jars

Here are the beans I chose:

lucky day soup ingredients

Pinto Beans, Great Northern Beans, Red Beans, Green Split Peas, Black Beans, Light Red Kidney Beans, Red Lentils

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.

lucky day soup beans

Continue through all the colors.  You will end up repeating two colors twice.

lucky day soup full jars

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.

lucky day soup beans in jar full

Make sure the beans are packed to the very top because if there is space, they will shift around and you will lose some of the layering.

If you have a pretty lid, just tie a bow around it and call it a day.
lucky day soup bow and tag

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.

lucky day soup jar

To keep the fabric from fraying, cut it with some pinking shears.

lucky day soup fabric square

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.

lucky day soup fabric on lid

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!

lucky day soup gifts 3

Originally published December 15, 2015

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Friday 18th of March 2016

I received this as a gift, and loved it!

Judith Risley

Wednesday 16th of December 2015

I gave these to my coworkers one year. Fun to make and give.

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