Home sales parties always involved a lot of work for the hostess. Because we were all too familiar with the local bakery, homemade goodies were a must: squares, cookies, fruit-filled tarts, finger sandwiches, and other dainties -- the ladies who made the best turn-overs got the best turn-outs! When it was my turn to host, I was in a panic. Not having my mom's cooking skills, I couldn't hope to compete. Still, ladies came to my house... perhaps out of curiosity, perhaps out of compassion!