It is the middle of February and what am I day-dreaming about?

4th of July.

It is my favorite holiday of the year, aside from Christmas.

Last year, we had a little party with family at our house.

I recently came across these pictures.

They practically make me drool.

They give me hope. 

Will my garden really ever look like this again?

It takes lots of sunshine for me to build up the energy and motivation to make cupcakes

 …and throw parties with fancy menus.

 I long for fresh watermelon

and grilled corn on the cob.

The countdown is on…

(Many of the ideas for this party from here).