I finally received my RS232 cable and since I also ordered a socket to put the Mini into I had to wait another day to test it all.
I was able to hook up the cable to the chip using some jumper wires off the necessary pins, power the chip with a 5v supply and flash the bootloader. I was then able to load the 18.104.22.168 release using MFDeploy. I opted for the RS232 loader since I now have a cable that I can use and also am going to hook up a GPS to the device (which will use the TTL port).
I have attached an image of the hookup in case anyone needs a reference.
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