Howdy. I'm Matt Todd. My wife and I have four kids and a dog,. I'm passionate about orphan care. I'm a die-hard fan of the Evansville Aces, the Indiana Hoosiers, and Star Wars. I'm trying to live life by the Todd family motto: "It behooves us to live!"

Our epic Star Wars breakfast

I promised that this year’s May 4th breakfast was going to be epic. I think this was a pretty good effort. Don’t you agree?

Epic Star Wars Breakfast #MayThe4thBeWithYou

Here’s a breakdown of what we had:

Millennium Falcon Shooter

Inspiration: I had originally called this the Death Star Shooter. And I still feel good about that name. But then I remembered that tradition states that the Millennium Falcon was inspired by a hamburger with an olive randomly placed beside the burger. So naming a breakfast sandwich that kind of looks like a mini cheeseburger after the Millennium Falcon makes total sense. Right?


1 slider bun
1/2 sausage patty
1/2 of a fried egg

It makes the most sense to make two Shooters at a time, since you really don’t want to waste half of an egg. Or if you really really like a lot of egg, you could put a whole egg on the sandwich. On Saturday, I cut a pound of sausage into patties. Then I cut those patties in half again. I cooked them Saturday afternoon and put them in the fridge so that would be one less thing I had to do on Sunday morning. It’s crazy enough trying to get out of here in time for church on Sunday morning without having to wait for sausage to fully cook.

On Sunday morning, I fried an egg and cut it in half after it was done cooking. I sprinkled a little shredded cheddar cheese on it and placed the egg on a slider bun with a reheated mini sausage patty.

Viola! Awesome Falcon Shooters!

Princess Leia Cinnamon Roll

Inspiration: Come on. Really?

Princess Leia cinnamon roll hair
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Pillsbury cinnamon rolls. A cop-out? Probably. But I’m OK with that.

Tatooine Sunrise

Inspiration: The binary sunset on Tatooine. But I couldn’t really call this a sunset because it was for breakfast. So it really needed to be called a Sunrise.

I guess you could also say it was inspired by a tequila sunrise, too. But there isn’t any alcohol in it. Or grenadine. So we’ll just say that I came up with this all on my own. 🙂


3/4 glass of orange juice
splash of strawberry Sunkist

If I was thinking, I would’ve included 2 thin slices of clementine orange to represent the two suns of Tatooine.

Oh well. There’s always next year!

I think it’s safe to say that this year’s Star Wars breakfast for Star Wars Day lived up to the hype. It was pretty spectacular.

Happy Star Wars Day, everyone! What awesome things did you do to recognize the day?


Happy Star Wars MONTH, y’all!

Happy Star Wars MONTH

With Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you!), Revenge of the 6th, and a whole bunch of anniversaries commemorating the opening days of the Star Wars saga, there is a lot of Star Wars awesomeness to go around. So I’ve decided to dedicate the whole month to Star Wars.

That’s right. We cannot limit our Star Wars celebration to merely one day anymore. It’s time to step up our game. It’s time to expand the Star Wars festivities to fill the entire month, not just one lousy day.

So let us make merry this fine first day of May. Grab an Ewok and dance. Ask your sweetheart to put cinnamon rolls on her head. Swing your lightsabers round and round. And stop trying to adapt your speeders to the cold (because it is Spring, after all). We’re gonna party like it’s a long time ago in a galaxy far far away!




So happy Star Wars month, y’all! And remember: the Force will be with you.


Happy Star Wars Day! May the Fourth be with you!

Remember the picture of the kids with the tauntaun? I think this one tops it. What do you think? Here’s the original, just in case you aren’t sure who’s supposed to be whom. I’d like to thank Eternal Lizdom for pointing me in this direction. I was still stuck on Ewoks and simply couldn’t make that work.Happy Star Wars Day 2013 May the Fourth be with you

Happy Star Wars Day! May the Fourth be with you!

I hope you have a fabulous day full of lightsaber duels, Jedi Mind Tricks, and blue milk cupcakes!

Star Wars Day: Groom Cake

You remember how I mentioned that I have the coolest wife ever because she agreed to have the Ewok Celebration played at our wedding? Well…she’s really even cooler than that because she offered to have the Groom Cake at our wedding to be shaped like Chewbacca.

I declined.

I didn’t want to look back at our wedding and wonder why on earth we’d decided to do so much Star Wars stuff. I feared we might think it was lame.

If only I’d known you could do this…

Yes. That’s a tauntaun. With Luke stuffed inside. Unbelievable awesomeness.

Star Wars Day: Celebrate the LOVE

My Junior year of high school, I had Mr. Hughes for English Lit. He really opened my eyes to the world of literature. One of the lasting legacies of learning under him was my understanding of the art of tragedy. Mr. Hughes helped me realize that the Star Wars trilogy wasn’t really about Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, Jawas, and Ewoks. It was really the Tragedy of Anakin Skywalker.

Now, with the coming of the Prequels, this might not be that big of a deal. Of course it’s the story of the rise, fall, and ultimate redemption of the Chosen One. But fifteen years ago, there was no Prequel. We only had the Original Trilogy. And the realization that Star Wars is about Anakin blew my mind. It revolutionized how I watched the films.

There was one class session, however, where Mr. Hughes and I had a spirited disagreement about the final scene of Return of the Jedi. He was discussing how Jedi was about Anakin’s redemption and he said, “Even at the end of the movie, they’re calling attention to Lord Vader when the choir sings, ‘Celebrate the lord,’ and the closing credits come up” (obviously, this is paraphrased).

“No they don’t,” I interrupted. “They don’t sing ‘Celebrate the lord.’ It’s ‘Celebrate the love.'”

“No. I’m pretty sure it’s lord,” he replied. Then he continued on his monologue.

You’re wrong, I thought. I know it’s love. But I could never prove it.

Five years later, I was finally able to purchase the Star Wars Anthology and it included the lyrics to the Ewok Celebration. Do you know what the final line is? That’s right…Celebrate the LOVE.

So…if anyone still talks to Mr. Hughes or if you happen to run into him in the grocery store or your local Barnes & Noble, please inform him that I was, in fact, right. I’m sure he’s been tossing and turning about it for 15+ years.

Quoth the Emperor: “Young fool, only now – at the end – do you understand.”

Or something like that.

The Ewok Celebration is something that’s near and dear to my heart. I still get goose bumps from time to time when I hear it. It doesn’t hurt that we used it as part of our Recessional at our wedding (have I mentioned recently how awesome my wife is for agreeing to that?).

I’m still disappointed that they decided to remove it from the “Special” Edition re-release back in ’97. They changed it once. I’d prefer to see them change it again. Something tells me there’s a better chance of making Han shoot first than the return of the Ewok Celebration.

But one can hope. Maybe Sir Lucas will figure out that he’ll make more money that somehow if he changes it back. But until that day, at least we’ll have Ewok Karaoke.

Star Wars Day: Galactic Empire State of Mind

Happy Star Wars Day, everyone! May the Fourth be with you! In honor of this momentous day, Star Wars posts will be taking over Life in the Fishbowl today. You don’t like that idea? Sorry. I’m channeling my inner Wookie today. And you know what that means, right? Let the Wookie win!

Anyway, I thought we’d kickoff the celebration this morning with an improved version of the Jay Z/Alicia Keys instant classic, Empire State of Mind.

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