May 20: Be a Millionaire Day, National Quiche Lorraine Day, Pick Strawberries Day

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Be a Millionaire Day

As a kid, the word "millionaire" got thrown around like it 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

Looking at these numbers it's obvious to see that being a millionaire sure isn't what it used to be. Today is "Be a Millionaire Day." And short of counting our money, I think the best way to celebrate is by watching the 1985 hit comedy "Brewster's Millions" starring Richard Pryor and John Candy. You can check out the details on Yahoo! Movies.

National Quiche Lorraine Day

Quiche Lorraine was the first quiche I ever sampled and I've been a fan ever since. Both the Germans and the French lay claim to the origin of quiche, even though most of us think of it as being a French invention. The Germans have a similar dish they call kuchen, which is a savory egg custard baked in a brioche crust rather than a pastry shell.

Regardless of where the first quiche was made, quiche Lorraine is decidedly French. Interestingly enough, it was first prepared with just bacon. The addition of cheese came much later. Today is "National Quiche Lorraine Day." Why not try your hand at this delightful dish and bake up this recipe from Yahoo! Shine?

Pick Strawberries Day

When my kids were little one of our favorite springtime activities was visiting the "pick your own" strawberry fields. As a toddler my younger daughter religiously followed the routine of pick two, eat one!

Wild strawberries were discovered by Europeans in Virginia when their ships landed there in 1588. Native Americans began to cultivate these delightful fruits 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!

Today is "Pick Strawberries Day." I highly recommend finding a "pick your own" patch nearby and setting out for an all-natural, berry-picking commune with nature. Be sure to bring your family to help, and when you get home try one (or all) of these mouth-watering strawberry recipes from Yahoo! Shine.

Strawberry White Chocolate Mini Muffins

Strawberry and Ginger Lemonade

Homemade Strawberry Fruit Roll-Ups

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