Lightly grease 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan, set aside.
In mixing bowl thoroughly stir together flour, soda, and salt, set aside. In large mixing bowl cream together sugar, butter or margarine, eggs, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to creamed mixture, Beat just until blended after each addition. Fold in nuts and cherries. Turn batter into prepared pan.
Bake in 350F oven for 55 to 60 minutes. Remove from pan, cool. If desired, glaze with confectioners icing and sprinkle with nuts. Around the holidays the icing can be tinted red or green.
Cajun Country -- New Iberia, Louisiana