Millionaire Day, Strawberry Day, Quiche Lorraine Day, Monday Tips

~★~♥~♥~★~ El Morno! ♥~★~★~♥ ~
May 20, 2013


★~ Today’s Quote: “If you’re afraid of butter, use cream.” ~ Julia Child

★~ Millionaire Day:

POOF! You are a millionaire  . . . now what?  What will you spend your million dollars on?

~ Back in the days being a  “millionaire” was the Holy Grail of financial success. But just how much is a million dollars worth these days? Adjusted for inflation, here’s what a million bucks would have been in today’s dollars in:

* 1950 – $9,708,737.86
* 1970 – $6,024,096.39
* 1990 – $1,788,908.77
* 2010 – $1,071,811.36

★~ Pick Strawberries Day: 


Wild strawberries were discovered by Europeans in Virginia when their ships landed there in 1588. Native Americans began to cultivate the berries as early as 1643. Today, California grows more than 80 percent of the country’s strawberries and can produce 21 tons of strawberries on just one acre of land. Now that’s a lot of daiquiris!

Strawberry season is just getting started, so it’s time to stock up on your favorite shortcake topper and smoothie ingredient. Slather on some sunblock, gather the kids, and head to the strawberry fields to pick a few baskets and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Plan B: Go to your nearest Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, or Farmers’ Market, and buy some juicy red strawberries.

★~ Quiche Lorraine Day:

Quiche Lorraine

Quiche Lorraine! Named after the Lorraine region of France, and borrowing from “kuchen,” the German word for cake, which was eventually altered to “kische,” the quiche Lorraine is a hallmark French dish that dates back to the 16th century and is still served in France as a light lunch, available at boulangeries, or a first course, or hors d’oeuvre, at dinnertime.

Quiche Lorraine
Greek Spinach Quiche
Crustless Quiche
Mozzarella, Tomato & Basil Quiche

★~ Today in History:


♥~ 1873: Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis received a patent for work pants reinforced with metal rivets, the pants that came to be known as “blue jeans.”

♥~ 1916 ’s: Norman Rockwell first cover on The Saturday Evening Post appeared. The illustration was of a young boy having to care for his baby sibling while his little buddies left him and went off to play ball. The forlorn child pushing a baby carriage tugged at the heart strings of all who saw it.

♥~ 1927: ‘Lucky’ Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field in New York aboard the small airplane Spirit of St. Louis, en route to Paris, France. Thirty-three and one-half hours later, Charles A. Lindbergh arrived at his destination — and flew into history.

♥~ 1978:  Mavis Hutchinson, 53, made it to New York City to become the first woman to run across America. The 3,000-mile trek took her 69 days. She ran an average of 45 miles each day. Now that’s what we call a daily workout

♥~ 1988Champ bull rider Lane Frost became the first cowboy to ride Red Rock to the 8-second bell. In the previous eight years, 312 cowboys had tried unsuccessfully to ride the rodeo circuit’s toughest bull. In the 1987 world champion bull rider, Frost was thrown from a bull at the 1989 Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo . The 25-year-old was fine after the fall but, as he walked away, the bull charged him from behind, breaking Frost’s ribs and puncturing a major blood vessel. Frost died from the injuries. The movie 8 Seconds, directed by John G. Avildsen, depicts Frost’s life and death.

♥~ 1999: Robbie Knievel jumped a 200-foot-wide chasm of the Grand Canyon with his motorcycle. The 37-year-old’s previous world record was 223 feet.

★~Born Today:


♥~ 1908 : (Jimmy) James (Maitland) Stewart Academy Award-winning actor: Philadelphia Story [1940]; The Glenn Miller Story, It’s a Wonderful Life, Harvey, Rear Window, Anatomy of a Murder, Bell, Book and Candle, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Vertigo, The Man from Laramie.

♥~1944: Joe (John Robert) Cocker singer, songwriter: With a Little Help from My Friends, She Came in through the Bathroom Window, The Letter, Up Where We Belong [w/Jennifer Warnes], You are So Beautiful, When the Night Comes, Cry Me a River

♥~ 1946: Cher (Cherilyn Sarkisian LaPierre) singer: group: Sonny [Bono] & Cher: I Got You Babe, The Beat Goes On, All I Really Want to Do; solo: Bang Bang, Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves, The Way of Love, Dark Lady; Academy Award-winning actress: Moonstruck [1987]; The Witches of Eastwick, Silkwood, Mask

♥~1977: Matt Czuchry, actor,  perhaps best known for his role as Logan in “Gilmore Girls.” His additional television credits include “Friday Night Lights,” “Veronica Mars,” “7th Heaven,” “The Practice”, “Young Americans and “The Good Wife”

★~ Good to Know: Monday Hacks and Tips


♥~ Ink stains can often be removed from clothes by soaking them in milk overnight.

♥~ Post a stain removal chart in your laundry room: Stain Removal Chart.

♥~ Clump Free Salt: There’s nothing worse than when all of the salt in your shaker clumps together. You can keep that from happening by putting a few grains of rice in your salt shaker. They’ll absorb the moisture, allowing your salt to pour freely.

♥~ Remover the smell so you can repurpose old bottles by mixing a teaspoon of mustard and hot water together in the bottle, shake the solution, and rinse out the container. The smell should e gone.

♥~ Line the bottom of the trashcan with old newspaper. The paper will absorb smells and any liquid that has seeped out of the bag.

♥~ Left over helium balloons? Simply run them along ceilings and walls to catch any spider webs that might be hanging around.

♥~ Need an inexpensive book holder–Try a Pants Hanger.

♥~ Keeping plastic wrap in the fridge or freezer makes it easier to pull off, and less likely to stick to itself when you rip it off the roll. It’ll tear easily, but still stick to the surface you want to apply it to.

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Rascal human brother tosses her, rolls her, snatches her up from a sound and happy sleep to hug her while insisting she loves every minute of the attention he is giving her and while I’m pretty sure she doesn’t love every minute…I have to admit she is very fond of the boy…

rascal suitcase

Wonder if there is room for both of us? Hi Ho, off to the airport we all go….

Hope everyone has a most Merry Monday!

12 thoughts on “Millionaire Day, Strawberry Day, Quiche Lorraine Day, Monday Tips

  1. Morno,
    A million dollars isn’t what it once was, but I could still put it to good use. Not a fan of quiche but I like strawberries.
    Kids rolling back home for the summer. My son usually stays with me, but because of some traveling and an internship he is half home and half not. My daughter splits her time between her Mom, me, a boyfriend and a job not necessarily in that order. Hard to keep up, ready to go back to the office to get a little peace and quiet. By the time I’ve figured the schedule out they will be heading back to school.
    And I’ll be eager for them to come home again. Parenting is an Odd job. Cute picture of Rascal.
    Have a good one.

    • Parenting is an Odd Job! Seems like you will be rolling with the punches. Nice that you are sought after, tho! Either you have great food or your good company…maybe both? Have a great day!

  2. Good Early Morno,
    Aww poor Rascal. Well at least you will have one another while Cole is gone. My oldest is going to camp for 3 weeks this summer. Hard to imagine what it will be like without him. He’s my steady, easy going boy and I have a feeling we are all really going to miss him. Like Quiche, but I’m the only one in my family. I’ll take the kids to pick strawberries in another week or two. Picking is a slow process since they pick 2 and eat one. Always love the tips. I’m going to try the plastic wrap tip! And bring home a helium balloon from the next party to try the dusting tip.
    Only one more week of school. Merry Monday back at you!

    • Three weeks at camp. That is a long time. I bet he has a great time, tho. Strawberries are hard to pick, they taste good and are little.
      The plastic wrap tip worked for me. My roll was always a mess before this tip and now it is nice and tidy 😀
      Have a great day!

  3. Happy Monday. I like strawberries and quiche. Great tips today also. But my favorite part of today’s post is that animated squiggly-line drawing thing-a-ma-giggy at the top. Very cool.

  4. i don’t often dream what i would do with 1 million. i’d like the opportunity though.
    like strawberries & quiche.
    love norman rockwell & life the depicts.
    helpful tips as usual. plastic wrap in freezer is a good one!
    rascal looked super comfortable. hope cole was away at school at that moment!
    good day!

    • Norman Rockwell always pulls out the nostalgia. Plastic wrap tip is one of my favorites since I could never seem to manage the roll without turning it into a tangled mess. Now it only worked for packing tape!

  5. Don’t like strawberries — something about their outside seeds that feels on my tongue like a man’s shaven face (not that I’m accustomed to licking men’s faces, ha!)

    Not much on quiche, either.

    Rascal is sooo cute!

    • Oh that is what you say of-course, but you paint such a vivid picture 😀 Pizza, Chocolate….what else do you live on? I’m going to have to go back and look.
      Thanks, she has gone into check to see if Cole is back every morning this week. I would think she would be so happy to have a break, but she misses her boy.

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