Kenny was having a bit of a tough few moments this afternoon, thinking about a stressful (to him) event coming up later this week.
As a fellow sufferer of panic attacks and extreme anxiety, I wanted to help him out using one of the go-to tools in my arsenal – distraction.
I asked him to come downstairs, cuddled with him and reassured him for a few moments, then hopped up and decided to continue doing dishes, while getting him to put together our supper for tonight.
First up I had him grease the slow cooker pot with some grapeseed oil, although I gave him the option to use peanut if he’d prefer, but he didn’t think it made a difference.
Then he dumped in the hash browns.
|Frozen hash browns as the base.|
Next, some salsa.
|Mama’s favourite condiment – SALSA!|
Followed by nacho cheese dip. About half of the smaller jar. The rest gets set aside for real dipping of nachos.
|Nacho cheese. A guilty pleasure for our whole household.|
I suggested lots of mozarella cheese, as well as the last of some plain yogurt we had. Then pepperoni and some spices (including nacho cheese popcorn spice).
|Now we’re getting somewhere!|
Kenny mixed it all together and was ready to smile for the camera by this point.
|Feeling better now that he’s on a mission. 🙂|
Then he took the camera to take a picture of me checking the computer, as well as a picture of my butt.
|At first I wondered about the physics of this position, then realized I had my other leg extended out behind me.|
I asked him to cover up the casserole with more mozarella – I told him to pretend the dish was poo in the toilet, and the cheese was sawdust – I wanted a good blanket!
|A good amount of cheese. Has anyone EVER said “Oh, this dish has too much cheese”?!|
He then set up the cooker, and put the pot into it on low.
|Like lobsters in the pot! Note the extra cheese on Aunt Vicki’s placemat. Daddy can clean that up.|
Talk about some real-world applied knowledge! We often bake together, but this was one of the first meals he’s helped with that didn’t use any measurements.
|Cook faster you slow cooker!|
So hungry now!
|Minutes before the bowl was empty – it was FANTASTIC!!!|