The Big List of Star Wars Songs for Kids

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Star Wars Playlist for Kids

My 5-year-old son, David, is obsessed with Star Wars. I mean, obsessed. Seen every movie, including number 7 on opening night (his birthday present). It’s basically all he talks about. He probably has more toys than is healthy and a Star Wars shirt for almost every day of the week. (When spring came, he was sad he didn’t have any short sleeve shirts. So we got this, this, this, and this from Amazon, because at the time they were all $3-5. Gotta love some Amazon.)

My greatest endeavor, however, was finding all the kid-appropriate Star Wars songs that I could. He and his 3-year-old brother ask to listen to this playlist constantly and have every song memorized. Since tomorrow is Star Wars Day (May 4th), I thought if you, too, were searching for this, I could help you out!

I think you can find these all under the “Star Wars Kids” list on Spotify under Jessica Weaver. But if you’re not a Spotify person, there are links to find the songs elsewhere, too.

  • “Yoda” – Weird Al – (Amazon / album on iTunes)
  • “The Saga Begins” – Weird Al (Amazon / album on iTunes)
  • “Oh, Lando” – Recess Monkey (Amazon / album on iTunes)
  • “Tatooine” – Phineas & Ferb Star Wars (Amazon / album on iTunes)
  • “Sith-inator” – Phineas & Ferb Star Wars (Amazon / album on iTunes)
  • “Star Wars Disco” – Little Apple Band (Amazon / album on iTunes)
  • “Star Wars” – The One World Ensemble (Amazon) (Just the theme played by someone else)
  • “Star Wars: A Capella Strikes Back” – BYU Noteworthy (Amazon / iTunes)
  • “Why Is Dad So Mad?” – The Board of Education (Amazon / iTunes)
  • “When I Was a Boy” – Drew Worthley (Amazon / album on iTunes) – Not strictly a Star Wars song, but it has a verse about it and is generally just a sweet song.
  • “The Greatest Story Ever Told” – Good Clean Fun (Amazon) – This is a punk rock song, and I don’t think there is any foul language in this song … but I can’t find the lyrics anywhere. My kids think it’s hilarious, and the chorus is fun, but here is your warning.
  • “Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band” – Meco (Amazon / album on iTunes)
  • “The Empire Strikes Back (Medley)” – Meco (Amazon / album on iTunes)
  • “Lightspeed” – Joel Henriques (Amazon / iTunes) – This one isn’t available on Spotify, but we’ve heard it on Kids’ Place Live on SiriusXM.

Let me know if you’ve run across any kid-appropriate Star Wars songs that we’ve missed! Do you have a mini-Jedi at home?

What I Read: April 2016

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wutheringheights

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë – This month’s installment in the “classic of the month” club I have with my best friend was the first one I’ve already read all the way through. I hadn’t read it since college, though, and my second read was just as if not more enjoyable. WH is sensationalist, very plot-driven, making it un-put-downable in the finest way. Catherine and Heathcliff are plain nuts, and their story has entranced generations.

A Man Called Ove

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman – Another book checked off my Spring Reading List, but trust me, this wasn’t a book I just checked off. I’ve heard such great things about it, and they were all true. It is laugh-out-loud funny, made me cry, has beautiful characters and a great portrait of marriage, and I was disappointed there wasn’t another 200 pages to read just because I didn’t want it to end!

Three Wishes by Bergren

Three Wishes by Lisa T. Bergren – God bless Lisa for making a new River of Time series. The first River of Time collection about Italy is totally fascinating, romantic, and fun to read; Three Wishes, beginning the new series taking place in Southern California when it’s still Mexico, has all these qualities as well. I was worried it wouldn’t live up to my feeling about Gabi and Marcello, but Bergren came through, delivering totally different but just as wonderful characters. (I read this in just a couple hours.)

Second Chance Summer

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson – I loved Matson’s Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, so when I ran across this at the library I grabbed it up. I read at least the last half in one sitting, and it definitely made me ugly cry. (Which if you read the premise, it’s easy to tell what will happen there.) I love Matson’s writing.

I'll Be Yours

I’ll Be Yours by Jenny B. Jones – Yes, I may have been on a little YA kick in April. (Blame “morning” sickness?) Jones’s latest release exhibits once again that she is an expert at family relations. Sure, this is a romance, but it deals even more with the main character Harper’s past, adoption, current family division, and healing. I am crazy about her books (although prefer the Katie Parker ones to the Charmed Life series), and if you like YA at all, you should grab them.

Only Love Can Break Your Heart

Only Love Can Break Your Heart by Ed Tarkington – This coming-of-age novel is a first book for Tarkington, who grew up in Central Virginia (like yours truly!) and now teaches in a private school in Tennessee (hey, that sounds familiar). (And no, I didn’t realize those things before I read it. Strange.) The story is about Richard/Rocky and his relationship with his small town and his older brother, Paul. The characters are memorable and the story is interesting, but I felt like the climax came way too close to the end. It probably could have used another 50 pages. This isn’t my normal read, but I’m glad I read it. (I am guessing it appeals more to those who grew up in this time frame, the late 70s/early 80s.)

interrupted

Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker – Amazon tells me I bought this for my Kindle in January 2015. I don’t know why I waited to read it until now except that God brought it to my attention exactly when I would need it. Hatmaker outlines what happened when God woke her up to the world’s needs and the legalism in her life, how she and her husband started a new church, and what the church’s basis is. It’s just as much a treatise about biblical Christianity and how it’s not always mirrored in our churches. Again, it was the right book at the right time for me. I finished it last night, which is technically May, but I read the bulk of it in April so I’m including it here.

So what did you read in April? Any plans for May? My classic this month is going to be Vanity Fair, so that may take me a good chunk of time. I’m also going to read The Raven King if my LIBRARY EVER GETS IT IN BECAUSE IT CAME OUT A WEEK AGO NOT THAT I AM ANXIOUS.

This will be added to Quick Lit at Modern Mrs. Darcy. 

Spring Fever

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source: Tom Magliery via Flickr Creative Commons

source: Tom Magliery via Flickr Creative Commons

I love living on a campus during the Spring.

The energy lingers in the air. The seniors, ready to flee, eventually get to shed their school uniforms for their normal apparel. Sporting events and last-minute get-togethers abound. Everyone wants to be outside, basking in the 80-degree Southern Spring. Summer plans fly like bluebirds.

It’s just plain fun to watch the students, simmering to a boiling point, ready to sprint off come June.

The transition time seems especially appropriate this Spring, as my belly grows with this fourth child. We’re going through some other transitions to our normal routine, too. It’s a hard growth, a fighting-the-change-kicking-and-screaming issue. On top of that, I’m glancing into next school year, seeing my BABY David hop on a bus to kindergarten. My REALLY A BABY, Joshua, will go to preschool. Yes, I’ll have another baby come October. But that doesn’t make them not my babies. And my ALWAYS MY BABY Libbie will be in second grade, which just sounds insane.

Leaning into this season is really, really hard.

I’m hoping as the Spring turns to Summer, I can unclench my fists a little and taste the joy of change. And being surrounded by teens, infectious in their joy at growing older and heading out, helps heal my heart just a bit.

 

Strawberry Cream Cheese Bread

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Strawberry Cream Cheese Bread

What do you do when your strawberries are getting too ripe to eat? Throw them in a baked good, of course! My kids were thrilled to have something different to eat for breakfast, and I even threw it in their lunch boxes one day in lieu of a sandwich.

Lunchbox with Strawberry Bread

I am excited about the arrival of strawberry season – are you? I guess it depends where you live, but here in Tennessee the strawberries are starting to be ready to pick. In fact, I was going to take my kids to pick strawberries today at a farm in north Georgia, but the zealous pickers on Thursday and Friday apparently dried them out. Oh well! We’ll try again soon.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Bread

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 8 slices

Strawberry Cream Cheese Bread

Adapted from My Baking Addiction

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c. butter, softened
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 c. white whole wheat flour (or use another cup all-purpose)
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c. buttermilk, or milk soured with lemon juice
  • 1 to 1 1/2 c. diced strawberries
  • for topping
  • 2 T sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

Instructions

Grease a loaf pan and set aside. Preheat oven to 350F.

With a mixer, cream together butter, cream cheese, and sugar. Scrape sides of bowl, then add eggs one at time with mixer running. Add vanilla.

In a bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add to wet ingredients and mix until just blended. Add buttermilk and stir just until combined. Fold in strawberries by hand. Spoon batter into loaf pan and smooth the top.

Mix together sugar and cinnamon for topping, then sprinkle evenly over the top, pressing in gently. You may not want to use all the mixture.

Bake 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool before cutting.

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What is your favorite strawberry recipe?

Here are some of mine:

More Library Finds for Little Ones

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FunKidsBooks

It’s been a long time since I shared some of our favorite library check-outs. We adore the library, and I want to be more regular about sharing these so you can find them at your library, too!

My Penguin Osbert by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, illustrated by H.B. Lewis – While this could qualify as a Christmas book – it starts with a letter to Santa – the message is really “be careful what you wish for.” Knowing how Santa has been mixed up in the past, Joe is very careful to describe what he wants this year for Christmas: a LIVE penguin, 12 inches tall, named Osbert. And he gets it. And it’s all fun and games until Osbert wants to eat creamed herring for every meal. This is super cute. Y’all know we don’t really do Santa, but we don’t block him, and this book isn’t at all about Santa. Osbert (could there be a cuter name??) teaches Joe a lesson he’ll never forget!

Zagazoo by Quentin Blake – This is totally a “for Mom and Dad” kind of book. British author/illustrator Blake tells a tale of parents who happily receive a baby in the mail. But over time, the baby morphs into a warthog, a hairy monster, a fire-breathing dragon, and other animals you might recognize in your own kids. Your kids will like it because, well, a baby turning into an elephant is funny. But you will get the real kick out of this one. If you recognize Blake’s artistry, it’s because he illustrated Roald Dahl’s books. Love it!

Mustache by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Kevin Cornell – My kids love funny books, and this one about a king who likes himself a lot more than his subjects tickles us! The king throwing every citizen in a homemade jail is a highlight of this colorful tale.

Sparky! by Jenny Offill, illustrated by Chris Appelhans – In this sparse book, Offill tells the story of a girl whose mother says she can have a pet – as long as “it doesn’t need to be walked or bathed or fed.” So she gets a sloth. Sure, he doesn’t DO much. But he’s a quirky and amusing pet, and it makes a great story. It’s a book I’ve recommended for a fun literary baby shower gift, even – one the parents won’t already have!

Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony – If you haven’t read this 2014 picture book yet, you are missing out. Mr. Panda goes around offering other black-and-white animals donuts. They have various responses, most causing him to change his mind about the donuts. It’s stark. The moral might be “say please,” but the rest of it is so shocking and hilarious to kids that it doesn’t come across preachy at all. GO FIND A COPY. My kids read this about 23 times when we got it from the library. (Good simple, repetitive language for new readers, too.)

Did you have a favorite library check-out recently?

Tart Lemon Ice Cream {Secret Recipe Club}

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Tart Lemon Ice Cream

I got an ice cream maker for Christmas this year. It’s the attachment for my KitchenAid, so I love that it’s not really a whole other appliance to store. I just throw the bowl in my chest freezer to keep it cold, and the couple other pieces up with the rest of my KA stuff.

But I had only made ice cream once! What is my problem? And that time it was a simple coconut milk ice cream for when we had David off dairy. That one turned out hard as a rock in the freezer, although the kids still loved it! But I was unsure of how to proceed with a more “normal” ice cream.

Enter: Secret Recipe Club. I make all kinds of crazy things for the SRC, because someone else made them first! This month I was assigned to Little Bit of Everything. Blogger Julie makes her home in Nebraska, and uses the blog to cook through her cookbooks, clippings, and other collected recipes. (I need to do that a lot more! Like, blog through my monstrous Pinterest recipe collection.)

Julie has tons and tons of recipes; some of the ones I want to try are Sour Cherry Crisp, Oatmeal and Cream Cheese Butterscotch Bars, and Pineapple-Glazed Baby Back Ribs. But like I said, I decided to try out of her ice cream recipes. This Lemon Cream Ice Cream is from the Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream at Home cookbook. I’ve never had Jeni’s ice cream, but I have heard rumors about its amazingness! And this ice cream turned out pretty much perfect. It is very, very tart and lemony, but the insane creamy texture from the milk, heavy cream, and cream cheese balances it out nicely. With some graham crackers for an ice-cream sandwich, it tastes like a lemon cream pie!

Lemon Ice Cream Sandwiches

Tart Lemon Ice Cream

Yield: about 1 quart ice cream

Ingredients

    for lemon syrup
  • 2-3 lemons
  • 2 T sugar
  • for cream base
  • 1 T + 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • 2 c. whole milk
  • 1 1/2 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/8 tsp. fine salt
  • 1 1/4 c. heavy cream
  • 2/3 c. sugar
  • 2 T light corn syrup
  • lemon zest from 2 lemons (from above)

Instructions

Lemon Syrup

Use a vegetable peeler to peel big strips of zest from two lemons; set aside. Juice the lemons to get 1/2 cup of juice. Place juice and 2 T sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Heat and stir until sugar dissolves. Pour into a measuring cup and place in the refrigerator to cool.

Ice Cream Base

To prepare, measure out the two cups of milk. Then, measure cornstarch into a small bowl. Add 2 Tablespoons of the milk and whisk to make a slurry. Set aside. In another small bowl, whisk salt into cream cheese and set aside. Fill a large bowl with ice and water.

In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, combine remaining milk, heavy cream, sugar, corn syrup, and the zest from the lemons. Bring to a bubble and let boil 4 minutes, stirring occasionally as needed. Remove from heat; add cornstarch slurry to the pot and whisk. Return to heat and let cook until it thickens somewhat, about 1 minute.

Remove from heat; whisk in cream cheese mixture. Pour ice cream base into a gallon-size freezer bag and seal; then place the bag in the ice water, submerging. Let sit for about 30 minutes, until the mixture is cool.

To make the ice cream

Set up your maker per instructions. Remove zest strips from the ice cream base, then add base to the maker. Start it up, then drizzle in the lemon syrup. Let churn until ice cream is the consistency of soft serve. Remove to a container with an airtight lid, pressing parchment paper onto the top of the ice cream before sealing with lid. Freeze for 2-4 hours before eating.

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