Combine all ingredients except crackers in an airtight container. Give with Herbed Oyster Crackers and attach instructions.
Instructions:Combine 8 cups water and soup mix in a large stockpot; bring to a boil. Cover, remove from heat and let sit one hour. Return pan to heat; stir in 2 cups chopped carrots and 1 1/2 cups chopped celery. Add 1 1/2 pounds smoked ham hock; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer 2 hours or until beans are tender; skim fat as necessary. Remove ham hock from soup; remove meat from bone. Chop meat and return to soup. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Heat thoroughly and serve.