French Toast Bake

Here’s another dish I’ve been making for my family for years.  It’s tried and true and scrumptious!

Topped with blueberries and pecans it’s the perfect dish for breakfast and brunch!

I made this YouTube video to show you just how easy it is to put together the night before.  Take a look how easy it is!


12 slices day-old French Bread ( 1 inch thick)
5 eggs
2 1/2 cups milk
1 cup packed brown sugar, divided
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

– Arrange bread in a greased 13X9 baking dish.  In a large bowl, combine the eggs, milk, 3/4 cup brown sugar, vanilla and nutmeg: pour over bread.  Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.

– Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.  Sprinkle pecans over egg mixture.  Combine butter and remaining sugar; drizzle over the top.

– Bake, uncovered, at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.  Sprinkle with blueberries.  Bake 10 minutes longer or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.

Artichoke Dip – A Tasty and Easy Dip

Hi everyone,

Here’s a great recipe for my Artichoke Party Dip.  I love making it for parties because I know it’s always a hit!


1 can (14 ounces) water-packed artichoke hearts, drained and chopped

1 cup mayonnaise

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chillies, drained

1 garlic clove, minced

1 cup chopped fresh tomatoes

3 green onions, thinly sliced

In a bowl, combine the first five ingredients.  Spread into a 1-quart baking dish.  Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until top is lightly browned.

Sprinkle with tomatoes and onions.  Serve with tortilla chips.

If you make this dip, I’d love to hear your review!

Take care,

The Goodwill Gal





$25 Lizard Thicket Gift Card Giveaway

When I’m not searching the racks of Goodwill for clothing, you can find me at one of my favorite clothing boutiques, Lizard Thicket!

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I was introduced to it a couple of years ago and have built a nice little wardrobe from there.

Recently I was invited to Blogger Night by Barb.  She’s a lovely gal who owns the newest location at Dana Park in Mesa, Az.   There’s one boutique here in Arizona but several others in Georgia and Tennessee and, the beauty of it all, they’re online as well at

These are just some of the items I chose to try on Blogger Night.

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What I love about their clothing is that it’s comfortable, affordable and of great quality.

Not to mention, feminine and right on with the latest fashion trends  for any age.

There are adorable shoes,


Boho and traditional bags of every kind.

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They also have some great basics.

Camis, bandeaus, slips and more at great prices.

I’ve purchased tights and leggings for cold weather and they have held up perfectly wash after wash!

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I picked some of these bracelets up for gifts and for my daughter.

 Stacked together, they look fabulous!

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With a selection of rustic pillows, candles and wall decor, I always want to come home with everything!


Did I mention that I love this store?  Here’s another dressing room selection from another visit.


Just take a look at some of the items I saw on display on a recent visit!  Too cute!

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I highly recommend that you stop by and visit their stores or take a look at their website, I’m sure there will be one, two or twenty items you’ll want to wear!

To assist you in your shopping adventures,

I have a $25 Gift Card, to be used in Arizona, Georgia, Tennessee or online!

Lizard Thicket:





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A Tour of My Master Bathroom


Hi everyone,

I have a new YouTube video!  It’s a new addition to my My House of Goodwill House Tour.

This time I take you into my Master Bathroom.

As you watch the video, you’ll see some of my Goodwill finds.

There are serving trays, a sugar bowl, creamer and a load of Milk Glass.

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I love this Champagne Bowl that I purchased from

RARE by Goodwill, Orange County.


This next feature is something no home with curling and flatirons should be without,

an appliance garage.  Everything gets tucked away and keeps the countertops clutter free.


If you’ll take notice by the outlet, there’s a timer.

I have to turn the timer on to active the electricity. It’s a 60 minute timer and when the timer turns off, so does the electricity.  I can always keep adding more time to the timer, but if I get distracted, step away, and forget to turn off my appliance, no worries, my timer has got me covered!



Speaking of covered,

if you’re a thrifter, you’ve seen covered cheese boards at practically every thrift store visit.

I claimed one for myself and turned it into a Covered Soap Dish!



I hope you like my Master Bathroom Tour and will stick around to view the other room tours I already have on my channel. You can even SUBSCIBE HERE and never miss a video!

See you next time,

The Goodwill Gal

Candied Walnuts

I’ve been making candied walnuts for years now.

When I have parties or have to take a salad to a get-together, they are my go to little treat.  They add just the right amount of crunch and sweetness to a salad!

In my video, I sprinkle them on a strawberry salad but I have been know to add them to some ice cream, yogurt and fruit crisp.

They’re easy to make and they freeze up really well.

You must try them and get back with me,

I insist!


Candied Walnuts Recipe

2 cups white sugar

pinch of salt

1/2 cup sour cream

1 tsp. vanilla

4 cups walnuts

Mix everything together.  Cook on med. low to soft ball state, stirring constantly.  Place nuts on a cookie sheet and poor the syrup on the nuts then mix. Serve when cool.






Take a Tour of My Vintage Guest Bedroom



Today I wanted to give you a tour of my guest bedroom.

I had these furniture pieces that didn’t fit in the other bedrooms so they all had to come together for the guest room.

This door is from the house that my 92-year-old mom grew up in.

It’s solid and heavy so I just propped it on the floor without hanging it on the wall.

I didn’t touch up any paint because the chippy paint adds to it’s character and age.

The burlap wreath goes perfect with it’s rustic appearance.

The wreath is so easy to create, you can see how I made it, HERE.


No room in my house is immune from Milk Glass.

These three Hobnail pieces work perfectly with the new white vase from Home Goods.

The wood and metal tray is from Goodwill.


This antique dress is another solid piece of furniture.  I’m still on the lookout for two drawer pulls to match with the others.

I use the frame to decorate around the house so who knows how long it will stay here.

The frame came from the house I grew up in and is over 60 years old.


I’ll put Milk Glass anywhere I can so when I had these shelves in my storage closet I thought they’d be perfect for a small display.

Both of these pieces are from Goodwill, I just spray painted the shelf and added the crystals for some interest.



The oak twin beds were painted gray and then I added some simple white bedding.

These comforters and shams are from Target.

I love the crispness they add to the room.


It’s a hodge podge of pieces but I think it all works.

This table is another antique piece my mom gave me years ago.

It’s perfect as a nightstand.


Here’s a good look at the beds and the table.

The room is peaceful and comfortable, what more could a guest want?



Super Big Moët & Chandon Champagne Bowl


When I recently shopped Rare by Goodwill in Anaheim, (see my post HERE)

I picked up this fabulous silver champagne bowl.




I had seen something similar at Pottery Barn, but of course, I didn’t want to pay the Pottery Barn price so when I saw this one for $24.99, I had to have it!


 I got this message from one of my reader’s on Facebook and was amazed to find out, when she sent me this screen shot,

that the same bowl is selling on Ebay for $300.00!


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It big, it’s heavy and perfect to use as an beverage chiller.




That’s a big party I’m going to have to have,

look at all that space!



 While it’s not in use as a chiller, I decided to enjoy it’s beauty as much as possible.

What better place to enjoy it’s beauty than next to my tub.

I filled it up with white bath towels and some bubble bath.

I’m feeling so fancy right about now!

P.S. Who say’s a covered cheese board is just for cheese?

I bought this at Goodwill, painted it gray, and now it holds my soap.

I really feel fancy now!






My Goodwill Tour – Rare by Goodwill – Anaheim



Over the weekend I was in Anaheim with my family for, what else,

a hockey tournament.


In between games, I managed to stop into Rare by Goodwill of Orange County.



Ever since I saw pictures of this store on Facebook, I’ve been wanting to visit this location.



It’s eclectic, creative and has an Urban Outfitters store vibe.




The store was loaded with designer jeans for men and woman

and a wonderful selection of clothing and shoes, bags and jewelry.



I loved these pendants lights which hang in the reading lounging area.



How cool is this reading area?

This wall of books is pretty creative, I’d say!




Vintage cameras.


Something for everyone.





There are plenty of decor items to choose from, both vintage, antique and new!

Of course, I came away with some fun items for my house and will be sharing them with you as soon as I unpack!

I recommend you stop in and enjoy this fun shopping experience!

Rare by Goodwill

411 W. Broadway, Suites C-H (Find the entrance off the Center Street Promenade)
Anaheim, CA 92805