Another holiday season has come and gone as we carry our Christmas memories into the New Year. Besides all the excitement of Santa, gift exchanges, delicious eats, family and friends, the holidays were a wonderful time to gather for some fun and cheer. Every year between Christmas and New Year’s our friends Nadine & Joe have a holiday party. Their home is decked to the nines inside and outside. There are a slew of colorful, lighted Christmas decorations on their front lawn; everything from snowmen to Santa, trees to trains and my favorites - the Eiffel Tower and North Pole. Atop their porch roof a lighted sign reads Happy Holidays. They really go all out serving delicious food, pina coladas, daiquiris and as a special gift to their guests this year, a caricature created by a talented artist. I’ve seen them in the malls and country fairs but never considered having my caricature done. Even as the artist greeted us and invited us to sit for a sketch, I thought ‘no thanks, I don’t want to be drawn with big ears or big hair.’ It was a popular draw (don’t mind the pun) at the party, so along with the other party guests Tom and I decided to have our caricatures done. Dana, also a courtroom sketch artist, draws caricatures of couples and families too but we decided to do separate drawings…. more room for big hair! She drew Tom on a bicycle to depict one of his favorite pastimes and me with what else? cookies! We loved the completed sketches and I was delighted Dana skipped the big ears and big hair (well, maybe not the big hair) and drew me with an extra skinny waistline!
Pretty good likenesses, don't you think?
Dana’s artwork is incredible and besides caricatures she draws charcoal portrait sketches. She is a local artist in the Washington DC metro area. Visit Dana's website and consider her for your next event or personal portrait.
This pound cake recipe was posted early last year but it deserves another look. This creamy cake is one of my favorites.Cream Cheese Pound Cake
3/4 cup Butter (1½ sticks), softened
4 oz Cream Cheese, softened
1½ cups Sugar
1½ cups Flour
1/16 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Vanilla
Grease and flour loaf pan
Blend Butter and Cream Cheese.
Gradually add Sugar. Add Eggs one at a time.
In separate bowl mix Flour and Salt. Add to creamed mixture. Add Vanilla. Mix well.
Bake at 300 for 1 hour, 40 minutes.
[This Cream Cheese Pound Cake recipe is from Southern Living Magazine]