I just went for a 5k run. It was cold, wet, rainy and muddy. It was absolutely wonderful.
I miss running. I know not everyone would understand this, but I love running. I was an avid runner, and also played competitive soccer, for 25 years before hurting my knee almost two years ago during a soccer game. The doctor thought it was a torn meniscus, but the MRI said no, and I was told I had arthritis in my knee, and could say goodbye to running or playing soccer for the rest of my life.
It’s tough to give up something that you love to do, and have done for so long. Especially when it’s not by choice. I always thought that I would stop playing soccer when I was ready to quit, or was just plain too busy with my kids sports to have time for it anymore. I never thought arthritis, after never injuring my knees before, would end that part of my life.
So, after almost two years of trying to find some other form of exercise that I love just as much, I’ve decided that never running again just doesn’t work for me. Maybe the doctor is wrong. That can happen right? I’m choosing to believe that it can. Because running makes me happy. It was only a half hour run, in the rain, but it’s farther than I’ve gone in two years. And my knee felt fine, so I am a happy girl right now. Of course, I may change my tune tomorrow, if it’s killing me then, but for now? Happy.
Now I know that soccer, and half marathons, may be over for me. But I think I can accept that a little easier if I can at least run a bit. Here’s hoping it’s healed enough now that I can actually do that. I can wait a few more months to try soccer again – cause that’s totally easy on the knees, it shouldn’t be a problem!
Coming back from a cold and wet run made me want some soup for supper. So I tossed a bunch of stuff, including some of this leftover ham into the crockpot, and made a variation on this soup, which is maybe my favourite soup of all time. Slow cooker soups are the best kind I think. You throw a bunch of ingredients in, turn it on, and wait a few hours. So little effort for some amazing ham and corn chowder. Soup makes me happy too. Especially when I can have some with minimum effort, after a great run.
If you’re looking for a way to use up that leftover Easter ham, give this slow cooker ham and corn chowder a try. So easy, and so tasty. Isn’t it great when leftovers are as awesome as the original meal?
- 4½ cups (830mL) chicken broth
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped (about ½ cup)
- 4 celery stalks, chopped (about ½ cups)
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 cups ham, chopped
- 1½ cup frozen peas
- 1½ cups frozen corn kernels
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 4 ounces (113g) cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup milk (I used 2%)
- In the bowl of your crockpot, combine the chicken broth and flour, whisking until no lumps remain.
- Add the bell pepper, onion, celery, garlic, ham, peas, corn, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the cream cheese and milk until combined. It may be a bit lumpy, if so you can heat it in the microwave for a minute or two and that should get rid of the lumps. Add this to the slow cooker and stir. Replace the lid and turn the heat down to low. Let cook for another 30 minutes. If you need to leave it longer before eating, just turn it down to keep warm at that point until you’re ready to eat.