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Ketchup With Us: Resolution #9

Ms Mel and ODNT want you to start your year off right! In 57 words or less, tell us about the New Year’s resolution you WANT to make but KNOW you’ll break. Ketchup With Us

Considering the recent shopping (and returning) I have done lately, this is pretty much my goal.

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I resolve to participate in those feedback dealies on my receipts on time, in order to give my invaluable feedback / insight regarding my shopping experience, and not because of the contest/ discount. I also resolve to have realistic expectations on winning the cash prize, and will make sure to redeem the discount before the expiration date.
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Ketchup #7: An Alternative to Healthy

Ms Mel and ODNT want you to share a favorite holiday recipe with them. For once, there is no Heinz-inspired word limit. Just don’t go overboard. (God, I HATED that movie.) Ketchup With Us

To me, the challenge is to have a recipe so simple it fits in 57 words or less, and takes very little time. So I did it anyway. Then I remembered / decided to add the garlic. Garlic justifies extra words, so I don’t feel so bad about it. 

This is a great go-to, and it stars a veggie, which makes it healthy. Just keep telling yourself ‘healthy’. 

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Bag of fresh Brussels Sprouts (NOT frozen)

4 ounces walnuts/ pine nuts (pignolis)

4 ounces chopped bacon/ pancetta

3 cloves garlic, crushed and rough chopped (NOT minced)

Bread crumbs and grated cheese (optional)

Fry the bacon, nuts (add garlic halfway to prevent burning/bitterness) in a medium deep pot until browned. Spoon the mix out onto paper towels to drain, leaving the oil in the pot (Leave the gun. Take the cannoli). Pare & halve the sprouts, add to oil with ½ – ¾ cup water. Boil until sprouts are soft and/or water is evaporated. Pour sprouts into serving bowl, add meat/ nuts, toss. Serve immediately, as cold sprouts = gah.

*Your other option is to pour into a casserole dish, top with bread crumbs and grated cheese, and broil for a few minutes to crust up.

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Ketchup with Us #6: Darn Those Sox!

Ms Mel and ODNT want to know what you could do without/not thankful for. Basically, something that is the opposite of how you feel about them. Ketchup With Us

For me the choice comes quick and natural. As a Yankees fan there is something I could live without. The Boston Red Sux.

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Ok, we sorta need them for the most intense, obnoxious rivalry in sports. I don’t need the 2004 playoffs. Up 3-0, the Yanks lost four straight games; the Sux later won the World Series. Red Sux ‘bridesmaiding’ was something I had hoped to hand down to my children. Now I’ll HAVE to share my Star Wars collection.

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Ketchup With Us #5 – Lingering Spirits

Tell us a ghost story, real or fiction, in 57 words or less. Ketchup With Us

The holiday is over, sure, but you still have plenty of Halloween candy left. If you dig to the bottom of the loot bag/bucket, you might still find a spooky story to share with us. It’s either that or the peanut butter cups.Ms Mel and ODNT want to know it! Possibly to re-enact with stuffed animals. Possibly to draw . Possibly to tell their kids.

Here’s my story. Is it real, or fiction?

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I tossed and turned as the thunderstorm passed with a last rumble in its wake. Opening my eyes, I sensed the ghost above me taking those dreams, shifting in the breeze as it dissipated through the ceiling. Just part of the dream, I thought, suddenly noticing my cat staring unflinchingly into the spot where the spirit escaped.

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Ketchup With Us #4 – Who’s Laughing Now?!

In 57 WORDS OR LESS, retell the plot line of your favorite horror movie. And, if you can find one, be sure to include a movie clip of your own. Ketchup With Us

Ms Mel and ODNT are at it again with Ketchup #4. Get in on it!

After racking my brains out over all of the (ridiculous) horror movies I have been watching, it came to me, why overthink it? Get back to basics, the movies that got you INTO horror. Freddie, Jason, Michael, even the Toxic Avenger are all legit. To me though, the icon of cheesy horror is Bruce Campbell, better known as Ash in the Evil Dead series.

And so I decided to go with the cult favorite: Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn.
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Sam Raimi’s horror classic, starring Bruce Campbell’s chin, comes complete with a 1973 Oldsmobile, tape recitation of the Necronomicon which unleashes evil, possessed hands & chainsaws (never a good mix), sight gags (A Farewell to Arms), and a cellar dwelling monster who provides an eye- popping scene. The climactic ending proves you can’t escape fate. Groovy.
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Oh a trailer was requested. I found one for the Evil Dead (remake). Rarely do I endorse that idea.

Rarely am I actually terrified by a trailer. Part of me wants to see this in theaters. Another part wants to hide now.

Seriously, the trailer is crazy. Click at your own risk! Enjoy!

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Ketchup With Us #2 – I Think We’re Alonely in My Dreams

olddognewtits.comThe Dynamic Duo-esses, Ms Mel and ODNT, stoked off the success of their first prompt, bring us another inspiring question of thinkitudiousness:

‘KETCHUP WITH US’ – Prompt#2: Tell us in 57 words or less about your biggest celebrity crush from childhood. Or, you know, now. Either way.

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My two boyhood crushes were Tiffany and Debbie Gibson. Luckily my older sister bought their music, but I really just cared about the Tiger Beat covers they graced. During the 2000’s, they appeared in Playboy (IMO: Tiffany had the boobs, Deborah had the bod). In 2011, they completed my fantasy in MegaPython vs. Gatoroid with a catfight.

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