Casino Crazy!

I come from a pretty superstitious family. Being a hockey sister, there are a lot of rituals and “lucky charms” involved in games and tournaments. That being said, I have never seen the superstitions I just witnessed at the casino the other night.helllo

From the number of times they tapped the buttons to when they light up a cigarette, it is a completely different world. There’s a language and a mutual respect for another’s lucky charms.

Now, I am not a gambler. Never have been. I just cannot fathom throwing money into a machine for nothing. Being with a group of girls for a girls weekend allowed me this glimpse into this odd world. Since I don’t gamble, I had a lot of time to watch people. If there is a place to people watch,  the casino and the state fair are like the superbowl and the stanley cup!johnturnergoodluck-56a2e2605f9b58b7d0cf81ca

Thinking about all these odd routines, superstitions, and lucky charms got me thinking. What are my lucky charms? I have a couple mementos from family or friends that I keep with me. My grandfather’s ring, a claddagh ring, and a little silver angel coin are with me always. While I had never thought of them as lucky charms before, I suppose they kind of are.

So what are your lucky charms? What routines or superstitions do you have and why?


Chicken and Spinach Alfredo Lasagna

Lasagna Alfredo


  • 1 (16 ounce) package lasagna noodles
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach (thawed and drained)
  • 2 cups frozen broccoli florets
  • 3 cooked, boneless chicken breast halves, diced or shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 3 (16 ounce) jars Alfredo-style pasta sauce or your favorite scratch recipe
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 pints ricotta cheese or cottage cheese

  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
    2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain. Cook spinach according to package directions; drain.
    3. In a medium bowl, combine chicken and one and a half jars of Alfredo sauce, stir together. Season with salt and pepper.
    4. In a separate bowl, combine egg, ricotta, drained spinach, broccoli, italian seasoning, and garlic powder, salt & pepper.
    5. In a 9 x 13 baking dish, pour 1/3 jarred sauce into bottom of pan. Then place one layer of lasagna noodles, edges overlapping. Pour 1/2 chicken and Alfredo sauce mixture over noodle layer and spread evenly. Spread 1/2 spinach mixture evenly over noodles. Pour 1/3 of remaining jar of Alfredo sauce over spinach mixture. Sprinkle 1 cup of shredded mozzarella over chicken mixture. Top with another layer of noodles. 1/2 chicken mixture, spread remaining spinach mixture evenly over noodles. Pour 1/3 of remaining jar of Alfredo sauce over spinach mixture, spread evenly. Sprinkle another cup of mozzarella over sauce, lay on the final noodle layer and top with remaining 1/2 jar of Alfredo sauce, 2 cups of mozzarella, and salt and pepper to taste.
    6. Bake 50 to 60 minutes, until top is brown and bubbly.



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