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Cyber Monday Slow Cooked Cajun Bean Soup

Slow Cooked 15 Bean Cajun Soup

It was the week before Turkey Day and all through the house, there was a frozen Turkey in the garage but it was time to fire up the Crock Pot instead!  

15 different beans, veggies and turkey sausage were the ingredients we used to make this perfect Slow Cooked Cajun Soup.  

So before you pull out your credit card and settle in for a full day of online shopping this Cyber Monday, pull out the Crock Pot, grab the ingredients below so when you have completed your last PayPal transaction

your dinner will be done!

15 Bean Cajun Soup

Toni’s Tip: If you are trying not to have too much food in the refrigerator and freezer before a big holiday dinner, make a big pot of Bean Soup because it makes a good mid-week meal.  

Make a big batch so that you will have plenty leftover to freeze then thaw and eat later for when you are too tired too cook or have spent too much money in the malls.

Slow Cooked 15 Bean Cajun Soup


  • 1/2 package Hurst’s® HamBeens® 15 Bean Soup®
  • 32 oz broth (I used low sodium chicken, but you can use beef or vegetable)
  • 1 lb. fully cooked Turkey Sausage (diced)
  • 1 16 oz package frozen Vegetable Soup Mix
  • 1/2 package frozen Kale
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (28 oz)
  • Optional: Hot sauce or crushed red pepper to taste

ingredients for 15 Bean Soup

  • Sort and rinse beans, (no need to soak overnight), check for any unwanted debris and discard
  • Drain beans and place them into slow cooker and top with frozen veggies and canned tomatoes

how to make 15 bean soups

  • Mix Cajun seasoning package with chicken broth, stir and pour over beans and veggies stir to mix evenly

Slow Cooked Cajun Soup

  • Set slow cooker on high and cook for 4 hours (or low for 6-7), or until beans are tender
  • 30 minutes before end of cooking time, add diced Turkey sausage and cook for additional 30 minutes
  • Serve with a freshly baked corn bread or serve over brown long grain rice


What is your favorite Slow Cooked Soup?

Stress Free Thanksgiving with a Thaw Free Turkey

Disclosure:  As a member of #SwitchCircle I received this product free from Jennie-O in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are 100% my own.

Hello friends, I hope all is well is your world this wonderful Thanksgiving week.  As most of you know, hubby is battling small intestinal cancer and has been undergoing chemo since June. 

Today he is receiving treatment number 10 of 12, and it really wipes him out for the rest of the week, therefore, this year our Thanksgiving meal will be prepared for just he, our two sons and myself no other family members or friends.  

Staying positive during this time and keeping the day stress free is the goal and thanks to my friends over at Jennie-O, it will be with this No Thaw ~ Oven Ready ~ From Freezer to Oven Whole Turkey with a Gravy Packet.

JennieO Thaw Free Turkey

I am not unfamiliar with this Jennie-O Turkey as I prepared one last Thanksgiving, which you may remember I stated it was one of the best turkey dinners that I had made in recent memory. 

In addition to having the turkey I will also be preparing kale and sweet potatoes which I received from The Help Ourselves Project which is a non-profit organization currently involved in community-based initiatives ranging from food distribution to West African based out of Philadelphia, PA.  Of course there will also be stuffing, hot rolls, shrimp and Marie Callender’s Deep Dish Apple Pie for dessert!

The instructions for cooking a Jennie-O Whole Turkey is easy, breezy:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and remove turkey from outer bag, leaving it in the roasting bag
  2. Cut 6 – 1/2 inch slits into the cooking bag, and pull up and away from turkey
  3. Place in oven to roast until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees in the breast and 180 degrees in the thigh, there is also a Pop-Up Timer, but it take approximately 4 hours to cook
  4. Let the turkey rest for 15 minutes then cut open roasting bag, be careful allowing the steam to escape
  5. Prepare the gravy
  6. Enjoy!


No matter what brand or how you prepare your turkey, there will always be leftovers so if you need any ideas for your turkey leftovers, make sure to check out the website.


Happy Thanksgiving my friends!

Happy Thanksgiving

Black N Bootie

Hello friends, the countdown to turkey day is on?  Do you believe that I didn’t realize that Thanksgiving was this Thursday until just the other day.  I kept thinking we had another week.  

Anywho, here we are once again, a Sunday Stylin Roundup and in keeping with last week’s theme, today it’s Black N Bootie.  I wore my booties with two different outfits both of which I love but of course the leopard prints are my favorites. Sunday Stylin Roundup

Black N Booties OOTD
This vest was thrifted from Goodwill about 2 years ago, however, I’ve only worn it one other time. It is actually covering this Avon embroidered chambray shirt.

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The black suede booties are Unlisted purchased a couple of years ago from The Shoe Dept in the Exton Mall.  Necklace is from and bangles from Rugged Wearhouse.

Black N Booties OOTD Black N Booties OOTD  You know that these are my favorite pair of booties – who doesn’t love leopard?

In both outfits I am wearing closet staples, black slacks, skirt and turtleneck which personally are not my favorites but the weather called for it.  I wore the leopard print scarf to break up all the black.  This outfit actually received quite a few compliments from co-workers.

I am using my old camera which for some strange reason is not taking as good of pictures as it used to, oh well I guess I’ll start using the Coolpix L830, however, it uses 4-AA batteries and I hate when batteries start to drain.  Next week, let me know if you notice a difference.  

Enjoy the rest of the day and I hope you finished your grocery shopping…I haven’t even started mine yet!  

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!