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Relax with a Bowl of Bircher Muesli and a Giveaway #64

Bircher Muesli

Food Reviews, Giveaways | 3rd November 2015 | By

When I was an intrepid eighteen year old, I took off to Switzerland to work, first in an hotel and then as an au pair. I’d never been there before and I didn’t speak the language, but throwing myself into the thick of it was a very effective way to learn French. Of the many culinary experiences I had there, chocolate aside, Bircher muesli was my favourite. Bircher muesli, for those not in the know, is effectively what we are now terming overnight oats; it has a base of rolled oats soaked in water and lemon juice to which dried and fresh fruit is added. It was developed by Swiss physician and nutritionist Maximilian Bircher-Benner around 1900 after he came across oats soaked overnight on an Alpine walking holiday. He prescribed it to his patients to give them a raw energy boost. There are now numerous recipes and ways of making it. The Bircher muesli I ate in Switzerland was soaked along with grated apple, dried fruit and nuts. Fresh fruit, yoghurt and thick Swiss cream was then added to taste before eating – no wonder I was so enamoured. 

I’ve always loved a good breakfast and there is something a little luxurious about eating a bowl full of creamy goodness which has been prepared the night before. However, although a long soak is best practice, not all of us are that organised and actually thirty minutes soaking time still gives a deliciously creamy result.  This is all that’s required with Dorset Cereals’ new Bircher muesli. I tried the raspberry and blackcurrant out the other day and really enjoyed it.  Why, I wondered, do I not do this more often? With breakfasts usually being a very rushed affair, having to wait thirty minutes between preparation and eating can be a good thing. Thirty minutes to yourself to do something positive can relax and improve happiness, according to life coach Liz Wilde. Don’t despair, if you can only manage fifteen minutes “me” time, Darina Allen reckons that’s all you need in the way of soaking. 

Bircher Muesli

My favourite thing to do of a morning is to go out for a brisk walk. I love the light of early mornings and as I work from home, mostly sitting at a desk, it both invigorates and relaxes as well as giving me time to think; I don’t do it nearly often enough, however. Thirty minutes is just the right time for a good stretch. And what bliss to come back to a bowl of comforting Bircher muesli just ready to eat. 

It’s been a while since I last reviewed Dorset Cereals, so I was happy to try out their new Bircher muesli mix made with fine-cut oats and barley. Now which of the two flavours to choose first? Almonds and Honey contains raisins, apple, almonds, roasted hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, coconut and honey whilst the Raspberry and Blackcurrant replaces the nuts and honey with freeze dried raspberries and blackcurrants. These make what is a fairly easy breakfast even faster to prepare. Simply add apple juice and yoghurt, stir and leave for thirty minutes.

As usual, I went my own way and used kefir instead of the apple juice and yoghurt and added two scoops to one scoop of Bircher muesli, which I found to be just right. It tasted both creamy from the kefir soaked oats and tangy from the fruit. I then topped it with some foraged hazelnuts. Sorry squirrels, first come, first served.

Dorset Cereals is kindly offering one Tin and Thyme reader five boxes of Dorset Cereals – two bircher muesli, one porridge, one muesli, one granola. To be in with a chance of winning, please fill in the Gleam widget below. You will need to leave a comment on this post, answering the question, which then gives you additional chances to enter if you so wish. Gleam will pick a winner at random from the entries received. If you are commenting anonymously, please give me some way of identifying you as I will be verifying the validity of entries. Any automated entries will be disqualified. This giveaway is only open to those with a UK postal address. Winners will need to respond within 7 days of being contacted. Failure to do this may result in another winner being picked.
Dorset Cereals Bircher Muesli
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Disclaimer: I received a soak-it-up breakfast kit from Dorset Cereals. I was not required to write a positive review and as always, all opinions are my own.


  1. Gill

    3rd November 2015 at 8:39 am

    Put away the washing that’s been loitering on the drying rack for far too long. Dull, but true

  2. Megan Kinsey

    3rd November 2015 at 8:42 am

    I’d read a good book and have a glass of wine 🙂

  3. Nadia's Healthy Kitchen

    3rd November 2015 at 9:39 am

    I love Bircher Muesli! I don’t think I can ever get bored of it. Interesting that you used kefir instead of yogurt, need to give it a try! 🙂

  4. Eb Gargano

    3rd November 2015 at 10:22 am

    I would have 30 minutes soaking time too! In a bath full of expensive bubbles, with a good book and a gin and tonic (well, unless it was first thing in the morning, then it would be a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice instead) 🙂

    • Choclette

      3rd November 2015 at 4:41 pm

      Hahaha Eb. I like your style 🙂

  5. William Gould

    3rd November 2015 at 10:31 am

    I tidy the kitchen, do any washing up, go around the house and open all the blinds/curtains, write a list of jobs for the day, and my cereal is about ready!

  6. Tracey Peach

    3rd November 2015 at 11:30 am

    Paint my nails something I never seem to have time to do any more

  7. Chris Andrews

    3rd November 2015 at 12:07 pm

    What would you do with your 30 minutes soaking time – keep it clean (in ten words or more)? . . . . . actually l’d listen to my hypnotherapy tape and calmly relax – well that’s the theory

  8. iain maciver

    3rd November 2015 at 12:22 pm

    have some extra sleep time

  9. Chris Davies

    3rd November 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Hoover the whole house!


    3rd November 2015 at 12:54 pm


  11. Jo Hutchinson

    3rd November 2015 at 1:07 pm

    A little tidy of the kitchen from the night before and a quick read of the newspaper.

  12. Steven Appleton

    3rd November 2015 at 1:24 pm

    a quick dust around the (black) TV stand, where does it all come from?

  13. ashleigh allan

    3rd November 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Play same games with my kids!

  14. Kelly Hirst

    3rd November 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Play games on my ipad

  15. Janet Humphrey

    3rd November 2015 at 3:08 pm

    long soak for me in the bath!

  16. Jane Willis

    3rd November 2015 at 3:53 pm

    I usually remember to soak mine overnight, but if I left it until morning and had to soak it for thirty minutes I would get dressed and do my morning Twitter check while I waited – and have a cup of tea brewed and at the ready for when the time was up

  17. kim neville

    3rd November 2015 at 3:59 pm

    nice relaxing bath with no interruptions

  18. Emma Humberstone

    3rd November 2015 at 4:28 pm

    I’d grab a glass of wine and flick through a magazine!

  19. Sarah L

    3rd November 2015 at 5:09 pm

    I’d read a book and have a glass of wine x

  20. Paul Sahl

    3rd November 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Prep the veg and a quick tidy round

  21. Hazel Rea

    3rd November 2015 at 6:01 pm

    I’d put the washing machine on, have a quick tidy up downstairs, and then enjoy my breakfast knowing those jobs were already done.

  22. Helen Thurston

    3rd November 2015 at 6:13 pm

    load washing machine and put on, unload dishwasher, reload dishwasher, fold laundry, have a quick ‘pick-up’, make myself a coffee.

  23. Jennifer Bruce

    3rd November 2015 at 6:32 pm

    I’d have a soak myself! Love nothing more than relaxing in the bath tub!

  24. kellyjo walters

    3rd November 2015 at 6:57 pm

    I’d go through some cookbooks and find yummy things to make

  25. Simon C

    3rd November 2015 at 7:26 pm

    I think I’d spend the time fretting about whether I’d manage to eat my breakfast in time before I had to dash out of the house. Hehe. Sorry, even being forced to relax for 30 mins won’t actually make me relax properly.

  26. amy fidler

    3rd November 2015 at 7:48 pm

    I’d chill with a good book x

  27. laura banks

    3rd November 2015 at 7:59 pm

    i’d have a soak in the bath and read my magazines that i never get chance to

  28. Paul Scotland

    3rd November 2015 at 8:55 pm

    I would literally relax in a bath listening to music and float away in my dreams

  29. Natalie Crossan

    3rd November 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Hoover the house!

  30. Liz (Good Things)

    3rd November 2015 at 10:42 pm

    What a wonderful adventure your life has been!

    • Choclette

      4th November 2015 at 11:04 am

      Haha Liz, parts of my life have been very adventurous and many parts not so. CT and I hitched and wwoofed our way around Australia and New Zealand for a year once – plenty of adventures then.

  31. melanie stirling

    3rd November 2015 at 11:19 pm

    Read whichever book I’m reading at the time.

  32. Ruth Harwood

    4th November 2015 at 9:58 am

    Sweep the stairs!!

  33. Paula Readings

    4th November 2015 at 11:33 am

    I would sit down with tea and biscuits and watch a bit of TV in peace.

  34. Judith Allen

    4th November 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Get showered and ready to face the day. Or as ready as I can get, which isn’t very.

  35. Tina M Holmes

    4th November 2015 at 2:24 pm

    A hot bath in peace, on my ow sounds lush!

  36. Felicity Smith

    4th November 2015 at 2:44 pm

    curl up with a book, a cat and a cup of tea. Bliss!

  37. Keith Hunt

    4th November 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Feed the Baset Hounds be for i eat and shower.

  38. Laura Pritchard

    4th November 2015 at 8:34 pm

    Catch up with my favourite TLC reality shows!

  39. ema j lowe

    4th November 2015 at 9:24 pm

    I would take a cuppa and a good book and go for a nice soak in the bath and maybe have longer than 30 minutes 🙂

  40. Laura Nice

    4th November 2015 at 10:02 pm

    Listen to my fav album and have a glass of wine x

    • Choclette

      5th November 2015 at 7:11 am

      Haha, a glass of wine first thing in the morning is seriously hard core Laura 😉

  41. Jo McPherson

    4th November 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Maybe read a magazine

  42. Lenka Gabriel

    5th November 2015 at 11:43 am

    I’d finally finish reading Stephen Fry’s The Fry Chronicles which has been lying on the side for a few months now…oops.. 🙁

  43. Katie skeoch

    5th November 2015 at 12:27 pm

    I’d probably get cracking with my house cleaning, it’s nearly Christmas!

  44. Corina

    5th November 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Go out for a run or probably just spend more time in the shower and getting dressed.

  45. Samantha Loughlin

    5th November 2015 at 11:41 pm

    Get on with 30mins worth of comping lol

  46. Angela McDonald

    5th November 2015 at 11:55 pm

    I’d completely relax my body, the smell of scented candles and some calming music!

  47. Sue McCarthy

    6th November 2015 at 9:20 am

    A nice bath, put on a pretty dress & open a bottle of wine

  48. Lisa Pond

    6th November 2015 at 9:40 am

    A bath, face pack and trashy tv

  49. laura stewart

    6th November 2015 at 9:43 am

    i’d just relax x

  50. Kevin Honey

    6th November 2015 at 9:48 am

    Hot Shower, Close Shave and Shampoo. I’d like to say comb my hair, but there’s not enough left!

    • Choclette

      7th November 2015 at 8:03 pm

      Haha, make a feature out of it Kevin and be proud 🙂


    6th November 2015 at 9:52 am

    Read a book


    6th November 2015 at 9:54 am

    would read a book for thirty minutes

  53. Carolynn Woodland

    6th November 2015 at 9:58 am

    Do a Killer Sudoku

  54. Ms Suan Watts

    6th November 2015 at 10:59 am

    Glass of wine in one hand and a good book in the other

  55. Margaret Abram

    6th November 2015 at 11:02 am

    I’d be on my computer comping!

  56. michelle pierce

    6th November 2015 at 11:04 am

    sit and relax with a good book

  57. KATHY D

    6th November 2015 at 11:12 am

    Sit down and read a magazine with a cup of coffee (who am I kidding)

  58. joanna butler-savage

    6th November 2015 at 11:59 am

    think about my new book

  59. winnie

    6th November 2015 at 1:13 pm

    doing the dishes

  60. liz ferguson

    6th November 2015 at 2:16 pm

    love to read catherine cookson novels xx

  61. jayne hall

    6th November 2015 at 3:04 pm

    listen to my faV BANDS A AND a hot drink and relax

  62. Julie Tift

    6th November 2015 at 3:07 pm

    As you say, a lovely brisk walk first thing in the morning is a great way to start the day, followed by Bircher Museli, what could be better?

  63. Amy B

    6th November 2015 at 3:42 pm

    I would go for a run and spend the whole time looking forward to my treat for when I get home!

  64. Julie D

    6th November 2015 at 4:21 pm

    hoover the house!

  65. Lynne OConnor

    6th November 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Check my emails, feed the cat and empty the dishwasher

  66. Abigail Cullen

    6th November 2015 at 5:07 pm

    I would read a magazine and listen to some music.

  67. Kirsty Webb

    6th November 2015 at 6:23 pm

    I would use my 30 minutes soaking time to read a bit of my book or watch a few youtube videos

  68. Lyla

    6th November 2015 at 6:47 pm

    I’d catch up on my emails and delete all the spam

  69. sarah rees

    6th November 2015 at 6:58 pm

    I would enjoy the peace and quiet

  70. Joanne Hutchings

    6th November 2015 at 8:35 pm

    I’d have a nice cuppa and flick through a magazine.

  71. Janice Dunn

    6th November 2015 at 9:47 pm

    Loads of bubbles and some shut eye


    6th November 2015 at 10:22 pm

    Do some book folding x

  73. Jessica Powell

    6th November 2015 at 10:45 pm

    I’d read a magazine cover to cover 🙂

  74. Angela Fitzjohn

    7th November 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Probably quite boring but I would get as much housework done so I could then sit, relax and enjoy.

  75. Amelia Kennedy

    7th November 2015 at 1:27 pm

    I have to keep busy, so I’d have a quick hoover up and tidy the kitchen …

  76. debbie hay

    7th November 2015 at 1:29 pm

    The ironing i’m afraid!

  77. Heather Haigh

    7th November 2015 at 1:33 pm

    I like to peg out the washing, make a brew, and catch up with my emails before breakfast.

  78. Holly Gibson

    7th November 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Read a few chapters of a book and put my feet up!

  79. Steve Williams

    7th November 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Soak the mix in apple juice overnight in the fridge and, if it’s a weekend and I have any left, add a bit of port or better still brandy as well.

  80. Emma Nixon

    7th November 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Have a cuppa and read a paper

  81. Fiona K

    7th November 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Have a drink and read the paper

  82. tracy steer

    7th November 2015 at 2:09 pm

    fab prize

  83. Tracey Parker

    7th November 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Face mask or a manicure

  84. Marlene Stevens

    7th November 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Have a cuppa and read my book

  85. C Kennedy

    7th November 2015 at 2:59 pm

    I would read a bit of the book I’ve been reading for a few months

  86. Carol M

    7th November 2015 at 3:03 pm

    I would have a soak in a bubbly bath and finish my book.

  87. Sarah Hodge

    7th November 2015 at 3:07 pm

    I would use the 30 minutes to sit down with a cuppa and make a start with my online christmas shopping

  88. Ruth Thomas

    7th November 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Probably tackle the ironing pile!

  89. Katie w

    7th November 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Try and have a cat nap

  90. Kelly Glen

    7th November 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Have a hot bubble bath

  91. Karis

    7th November 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Eat crisps

  92. Claire Scott

    7th November 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Spend time with the kids and baby bump 🙂

    • Choclette

      7th November 2015 at 7:51 pm

      Congratulations Claire 🙂

  93. Louise A

    7th November 2015 at 4:21 pm

    make the beds 🙂

  94. cathyj

    7th November 2015 at 5:17 pm

    me time, wine, my tv programs and chatting to friends

  95. Tamsin w

    7th November 2015 at 5:25 pm

    I would go on a baking hype and make some delicious cakes and cookies for the family

  96. Charlotte Davids

    7th November 2015 at 5:39 pm

    A quick clean and tidy of the kitchen so I can then relax and enjoy 🙂

  97. Andrea Fletcher

    7th November 2015 at 5:51 pm

    I would read a magazine with a hot chocolate complete with marshmallows and chocolate sprinkles.

  98. Mike

    7th November 2015 at 5:56 pm

    catch up on the housework, well a quick dust!

  99. LucyBo17

    7th November 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Give mt 2 year old his breakfast and do the washing up

  100. S Bufton

    7th November 2015 at 6:12 pm

    Watch some TV

  101. Ian White

    7th November 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Sit down and relax and drink a glass of fruit juice before my cereal is ready.

  102. Caroline H

    7th November 2015 at 6:48 pm

    I’d tick a couple of things off my to-do list. Being organised always make me feel relaxed.

  103. David Sweet

    7th November 2015 at 6:57 pm

    Read a good book

  104. christine shelley

    7th November 2015 at 7:07 pm

    Wash and wipe up, the dishwashers packed up

    • Choclette

      7th November 2015 at 7:51 pm

      Oops, hope you get it sorted soon. Although my dishwasher is always me 😉

  105. katrina adams

    7th November 2015 at 7:11 pm

    I would settle in with a good book, a mug of hot chocolate and snuggle up with hubby and our pooch. I find having the TV on is a major time sucker so anything that involves switching it off and spending a bit of time with the family while appreciating the little things is a good thing.

  106. Katy Stevens

    7th November 2015 at 7:50 pm

    For me it would be a good book and a nice cold drink to enjoy it with!

  107. leanne weir

    7th November 2015 at 8:02 pm

    i would pop open the sparkling stuff!

  108. Jo Wakefield

    7th November 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Put my feet up and relax

  109. sarah birkett

    7th November 2015 at 8:26 pm

    I would enjoy taking the dog for a walk, as opposed taking him for a walk and resenting the time it takes, knowng how much housework there is to do at home

  110. Jaelin Farrow

    7th November 2015 at 8:51 pm

    I would have a bath and get dressed.

  111. Tammy Tudor

    7th November 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Listen to music

  112. Tracey Whittle

    7th November 2015 at 8:53 pm

    I would relax in a nice bubble bath while reading a good book

  113. Rachael G

    7th November 2015 at 8:55 pm

    I would take the dog out for a walk.

  114. gemma brown

    7th November 2015 at 8:57 pm

    i’d probably get back into bed for the 30 minutes 😀 just to rest my eyes

  115. Louise Comb

    7th November 2015 at 9:14 pm

    I would spend it working on my novel 🙂

  116. fozia akhtar

    7th November 2015 at 9:26 pm

    Read a book

  117. Maggie Coates

    7th November 2015 at 9:28 pm

    I would sneak onto my laptop and read a few blogs and enter a few competitions.

  118. Sarah Davison

    7th November 2015 at 9:29 pm

    I’d put some washine in the machine and check my emails

  119. Patricia Avery

    7th November 2015 at 9:51 pm

    Get the vac out. Only 2 of us now but it still seems to need doing every day 🙂

  120. Bex Allum

    7th November 2015 at 10:12 pm

    Have a quick tidy up and get clothes ready for the next day at school.

  121. Anthony Harrington

    7th November 2015 at 10:20 pm

    I would clean the outside of the windows, I need to do them

  122. Jo Jones

    7th November 2015 at 10:21 pm

    I would have a long hot soak in a bubble bath surrounded by candles

  123. Rachel Craig

    7th November 2015 at 10:29 pm


  124. Richard Tyler

    8th November 2015 at 2:30 am

    Make cuppa tea & chill out on sofa

  125. Clare H

    8th November 2015 at 8:15 am

    i’m 7 months pregnant so I’d sit down and chill out for a bit

  126. Charlene Price

    8th November 2015 at 8:38 am

    Watch some TV!

  127. Maria P

    8th November 2015 at 10:40 am

    do my manicure as it is always postponed and have a cup of tea while nails are drying

  128. Kathleen Bell

    8th November 2015 at 10:52 am

    I’d do a bit of dancing in 30 minutes. I don’t always have the full time but I like to do it in the morning as it wakes me up, and also, I’m losing weight and this helps!

  129. iona

    8th November 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Hi – I’d love to say I’d do yoga, or housework or special me time – in those precious 30 minutes of soak-time. And maybe I would once or twice. But in reality I’d probably have an extra 30 mins in bed or watch TV.

  130. Stephanie Whitehouse

    8th November 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Hoover downstairs, dust the whole house and take a wet cloth round the doors and lightwswitches, Didn’t know I could till I timed it

  131. caroline walliss

    8th November 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Do some online shopping.x

  132. David crabb

    8th November 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Well…lots of things but thirty minutes is just enough time for my four year old to thrash me at football…again! Then a healthy breakfast to up my stamina!

  133. Karen Dixon

    8th November 2015 at 4:58 pm

    A good book, a large glass of prossecco and relax

  134. Lee Davis

    8th November 2015 at 5:18 pm

    go on a run

  135. Emily Knight

    8th November 2015 at 5:56 pm

    I’d probably read – I love a good book and reading relaxes me!

  136. kathy

    8th November 2015 at 6:28 pm

    wach tv

  137. charlotte

    8th November 2015 at 7:19 pm

    some wine and finish my book i feel like ive been finishing it for ages!

  138. Nicki Ramsay

    8th November 2015 at 8:28 pm

    I would take the dogs for a walk because I would just be ready for a filling breakfast after a bit of exercise

  139. pete c

    8th November 2015 at 9:00 pm

    with the radio on in the background I would have a nice hot relaxing bath

  140. Jo Glasspool

    8th November 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Clean the kitchen and load the dishwasher.

  141. Holly Boyd

    8th November 2015 at 11:15 pm

    In reality I would put on a wash, have a shower and tidy the whole of the downstairs. However I would love to have a long luxurious soak in the bath with no children.

  142. Kristy Brown

    9th November 2015 at 9:48 am

    If i had 30 mins or more I would probably end up with my head in a book


    9th November 2015 at 11:56 am

    have a nap!

  144. Alison Joyce

    9th November 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Have 30 minutes on the exercise bike

  145. Kay Broomfield

    9th November 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Have a snooze!

  146. Christine Dodd

    9th November 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Have a rose scented face pack – or maybe a potter in the garden

  147. Katie Kingsbury

    9th November 2015 at 7:14 pm

    Get on the exercise bike and work off some of the calories before I eat them!

  148. Deb Alexander

    9th November 2015 at 9:09 pm

    I would lie in the bath doing absolutely nothing! a very rare treat with 3 children!!

  149. esther

    9th November 2015 at 9:32 pm

    I go and grab one of the cats lay cosy in bed with a hot water bottle and a shared blanket my other half joins for a little chat and the cat sleeps.

  150. Max Power

    9th November 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Jump in the shower and get dressed

  151. Pam Smith

    10th November 2015 at 8:38 am

    I’d practice my ukulele playing….it needs all the help it can get!

    • Choclette

      11th November 2015 at 8:20 am

      Haha Pam, so does mine. I don’t think I’ve picked it up in about 5 years!

  152. Eva Appleby

    10th November 2015 at 12:14 pm

    chocs, wine and a good book

  153. Michaela Jennings

    10th November 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Play a game with my little girl or catch up with my housework

  154. Kelly Smith

    10th November 2015 at 5:10 pm

    Definitely read a few chapters of my book, I never seem to find the time!

  155. clair downham

    10th November 2015 at 7:06 pm

    hot bath with a glass of wine

  156. Karen Hughes

    10th November 2015 at 7:44 pm

    Have a lovely big cup of tea and play with my granddaughter.

  157. jodie harvey

    10th November 2015 at 8:07 pm

    I would probably sit down and read a chapter or two in my book 🙂

  158. jemma dwyer

    10th November 2015 at 9:24 pm

    i’d have a hot bath with a face mask, after paint my nails 😀 x

  159. jamie millard

    10th November 2015 at 10:15 pm

    have a cuppa

  160. Nat thomason

    11th November 2015 at 3:28 am

    30 mins doing competitions like this one and hopefully winning them

  161. Maureen Quinnell

    11th November 2015 at 8:12 am

    Would most likely eat this at work so would be dealing with all the usual nonsense there…..

  162. Nicola Penny

    11th November 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Cup of tea, some trash tv and 2 or 3 or 4 biscuits!

  163. Hassina Begum

    11th November 2015 at 7:47 pm

    Make preparations for lunch

  164. Catherine Jones

    11th November 2015 at 9:15 pm

    I’d fit in a 30 minute exercise burst as I’m finding it hard to fit in with everyday bust life!

  165. Elaine Savage

    12th November 2015 at 8:35 am

    I would use the time to Skype my little grandson 🙂

  166. Maureen findley

    12th November 2015 at 11:55 am

    Cup of coffee and a book


    13th November 2015 at 1:08 am

    Soak in the bath and just relax

  168. justine meyer

    13th November 2015 at 8:18 am

    I would get comfy on the sofa and do some crocheting in peace x

  169. Gill

    13th November 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Read the newspaper and drink a cup of coffee

  170. Mark R

    13th November 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Water the plants then catch up on my magazine reading

  171. Beky Austerberry

    14th November 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Read a good book and have a nice latte…

  172. Jennifer Toal

    14th November 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Have 30 winks

  173. Zach Ohmite Hudson

    14th November 2015 at 5:47 pm

    A trip to the mancave and listen to some music and have a beer

  174. Laura Chapman

    14th November 2015 at 6:00 pm

    I’d use the extra 30 minutes to prepare my lunch and snacks for the day/week ahead. I’m trying a healthy eating plan and need to learn to start doing more planning and preparing, but never have the time!

    Laura x

  175. Julie Booth

    14th November 2015 at 10:45 pm

    I have a shower, put on a face mask, wrap myself in towel and a dressing gown, get into bed and read for a while

  176. Sally Collingwood

    15th November 2015 at 11:27 am

    Soak my feet!!!

  177. Corinne Peat

    15th November 2015 at 9:54 pm

    I would have a nap

  178. Layla Thomas

    15th November 2015 at 10:22 pm

    If it’s a school morning…chase 2 kids to get them dressed, fed, teeth brushed, school things together while constantly saying, get your shoes on, get your shoes on, get your shoes on…

  179. Richard R

    15th November 2015 at 11:10 pm

    Have a nice cup of tea and get things ready for the day ahead

  180. Mandy moore

    16th November 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Glass of wine

  181. Rachel Butterworth

    17th November 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Read a book.

  182. Suffia Maggs

    17th November 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Curl up on the sofa with a good book or movie deending on my mood

  183. Bob Clark

    17th November 2015 at 8:49 pm

    In the time I would catch up on my emails and look at my favourite websites

  184. Carole Walker

    17th November 2015 at 11:46 pm

    Tackle a job on my list that never gets done – just think how much I could achieve over the course of a month – I can but dream!

  185. Michelle bennett

    18th November 2015 at 1:06 am

    If im not cleaning ill be on pinterest 😀

  186. Helen Swales

    19th November 2015 at 5:58 pm

    I’d listen to music, the Beautiful South are my favourites.

  187. Michelle O'Neill

    19th November 2015 at 8:34 pm

    Play games on my ipad

  188. Karl Borowy

    20th November 2015 at 6:59 pm

    drink chilled wine with my fav novel in bubby bath

  189. Victoria Prince

    20th November 2015 at 7:59 pm

    An extra half an hour in bed!

  190. Anca

    20th November 2015 at 8:32 pm

    I would take the dog for a longer walk.

  191. cheryl pearson

    20th November 2015 at 10:47 pm

    have a long hot soaky bath and sing rather loudly and rather badly!

    • Choclette

      21st November 2015 at 8:45 am

      Haha, I like that Cheryl, sounds like my sort of thing 🙂

  192. Michelle Hughes

    21st November 2015 at 7:55 am

    Face mask, candles and bubble bath need I say more 🙂

  193. Lindsay Taylor

    21st November 2015 at 10:37 pm

    I’d stick the washer, dish washer and dryer on, hoover then brew up ready to eat my breakfast – busy mum of 3 needs to utilise every minute!

  194. Angela Kelly

    22nd November 2015 at 12:27 pm

    I’d read a good book

  195. claire haskins

    22nd November 2015 at 9:23 pm

    i would soak in a long hot bath scoffing chocolates and drinking wine!

  196. Solange

    23rd November 2015 at 9:43 am

    I would apply a face mask and probably exfoliate too

  197. Diane Carey

    23rd November 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Catch up with TV that I have recorded

  198. Charlotte Hood

    23rd November 2015 at 9:35 pm

    I would use it as exercise time! Winter does me no favours haha!

  199. Emily Clark

    23rd November 2015 at 11:04 pm

    I’d like to say something exciting, but probably clean the kitchen and the rest of the house as quick as I can! I get very industrious when I’m baking.

  200. carole n

    25th November 2015 at 10:02 am

    I would use the time to catch up on reading in total peace and quiet, lovely.

  201. Paul bradley

    25th November 2015 at 2:15 pm

    I’d probably spend 30 minutes deciding what to do with my rare 30 magical me-time minutes, before realising time was up!

    • Choclette

      26th November 2015 at 9:21 am

      Haha, a man of decision Paul 😉

  202. Julie Ward

    25th November 2015 at 5:56 pm

    In the bath with loads of bubbles trying to dream what the lottery numbers are going to be

  203. Kat Lucas

    26th November 2015 at 3:20 am

    I would put some music on and do nothing but just relax in the nice hot bubbles

  204. Hannah Ingham

    26th November 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Read a book and have a nice smoothie! 🙂

  205. Andrea Upton

    26th November 2015 at 7:59 pm

    Put my feet up and read a couple more chapters of my book

  206. Phyllis Ellett

    27th November 2015 at 4:31 pm

    Fire up YouTube, I am addicted to those top 5, 10, 15, 25 videos might get through at least 2 in the 30 minutes.

  207. Lauren Old

    28th November 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Read a book

  208. Anne Plumb

    28th November 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Get the muesli soaking first while I get myself ready – washed, dressed and get stuff I need for the day ready. Then my muesli is ready to be enjoyed and I am ready to face the day!

  209. Ann Williams

    29th November 2015 at 11:19 am

    After I had loaded the washing machine and put away the dishes left to drain overnight I would indulge in some quiet reading knowing everything was under control.

  210. kate kathurima

    29th November 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Clean up do all the jobs that need doing

  211. Karen Richards

    29th November 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Lie in a lovely bubble bath for 30 minutes and put a refreshing face mask on.

  212. Gemma Cook

    29th November 2015 at 2:34 pm

    I would have a cheeky glass of wine and read my book xxx

    • Gemma Cook

      29th November 2015 at 2:35 pm

      Put on gleam as my name as Gem Cook x

  213. olivia Kirby

    29th November 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Make a cuppa and write some Christmas cards, which I hate doing with a passion and really should stop.

  214. Michelle Phillips

    29th November 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Have a nice hot shower

  215. Hayley Lynch

    29th November 2015 at 4:59 pm

    have a relaxing bath or read x

  216. Gwyn Sharps

    29th November 2015 at 7:39 pm

    I’d go downstairs and do a little bit of meditation.

  217. Christine Caple

    29th November 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Read a book

  218. Nancy Bradford

    29th November 2015 at 11:37 pm

    I think I might have a go at sleeping as I probably won’t get another chance 🙂

  219. Deirdre M

    30th November 2015 at 12:55 pm

    I’d use it to clean – challenging myself to get the house/chores done within the 30 minute time limit!

  220. Andrew Hindley

    30th November 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Read a book

  221. Amy Rennocks

    30th November 2015 at 5:15 pm

    Cup of tea, a nice book and a face mask on <3

  222. Gilly Holmes

    30th November 2015 at 5:52 pm

    Close my eyes and breathe

  223. Eileen Tingle

    30th November 2015 at 8:35 pm

    I’d soak my feet in hot soapy water

  224. Rich Hill

    30th November 2015 at 9:32 pm

    Get my blood pressure and heart rate down by just chilling.

  225. donna l jones

    30th November 2015 at 10:12 pm

    cup of tea and have a look on facebook

  226. Debbie Preston

    30th November 2015 at 11:27 pm

    I would play a game or three on my kindle

  227. Robyn Logan Clarke

    1st December 2015 at 1:19 am

    I would pick up my crochet and put my feet up

  228. Angela Paull

    1st December 2015 at 7:38 am

    Have a shower – a long one 🙂

  229. Greig spencer

    1st December 2015 at 8:04 am

    i would go back ot bed and have another 30 minutes kip as i get very tired lol

  230. Rebecca Townsend

    1st December 2015 at 8:45 am

    I’d enjoy singing lots of Christmas songs while I soaked all my stresses away

  231. Jamie Gallant

    1st December 2015 at 11:52 am

    We have a bubble machine in the bath to give it a spa effect. It is great for aches and pains

    • Choclette

      1st December 2015 at 3:48 pm

      Sounds wonderful Jamie – I’m not at all envious, really 😉

  232. EJ Dunn

    1st December 2015 at 12:06 pm

    I would put on a face mask and settle into a good book 🙂

  233. Jade Hewlett

    1st December 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Read a book

  234. Karen Howden

    1st December 2015 at 1:07 pm

    I would read a book

  235. Diane Jackson

    1st December 2015 at 1:58 pm

    I’d have a lovely hot shower and wash my hair.

  236. melanie r

    1st December 2015 at 2:48 pm

    I would have a bit of a pamper, perhaps a nice face mask and a good book

  237. Anthea Holloway

    1st December 2015 at 2:53 pm

    I would make a cup of tea and relax in bed for a little longer!

  238. Barbara Handley

    1st December 2015 at 4:21 pm

    Sort out my boxes of photographs.

  239. Alison

    1st December 2015 at 5:13 pm

    I would catch up on a book, I don’t get enough time to read

  240. gina sudron

    1st December 2015 at 5:45 pm

    I would have 30 minutes of reading my book and cup of coffee with a mince pie

  241. Pauline Wilson

    1st December 2015 at 6:17 pm

    I would have a nice 30 minute soak in the tub, preferably with a Lush bath bomb

  242. Laura Asplin

    1st December 2015 at 7:19 pm

    Read a book

  243. barbara snaith

    1st December 2015 at 7:39 pm

    I would walk the dog and enjoy the fresh air.

  244. Jamie

    1st December 2015 at 7:50 pm

    Read Current affairs and know what it happening 🙂

  245. Sarah Parker

    1st December 2015 at 8:46 pm

    glass of wine and a newspaper 🙂

  246. Sheri Darby

    1st December 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Try to deal with my emails

  247. Kirsty

    1st December 2015 at 9:14 pm

    Read a book

  248. Liz

    1st December 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Read my book

  249. Laura Vitty

    1st December 2015 at 9:32 pm

    Do some ironing…. but not too much as I can’t actually fit everything in the cupboards at once! Ha.

  250. Tarbs Gill

    1st December 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Go and have a knees up with the next door neighbour to celebrate my extra 30 minutes.

  251. AnnaH

    1st December 2015 at 9:58 pm

    I would spend 10mins reading with each of my children

    • Choclette

      2nd December 2015 at 8:11 am

      Now that is a lovely idea Anna. Reading with my mother as a child is a very positive memory for me.

  252. leonie owen

    1st December 2015 at 10:23 pm

    a nice bath

  253. Angie Hoggett

    1st December 2015 at 10:37 pm

    checking my emails

  254. Allan Wilson

    1st December 2015 at 10:51 pm

    A book and bubble bath

  255. George grace

    1st December 2015 at 10:54 pm

    I would do 30 minutes of yoga or Pilates in my living room.

  256. Mandy S

    1st December 2015 at 10:59 pm

    Drag out my foot spa that I hardly use, soak and massage my feet whilst enjoying a red wine

  257. Chris Fletcher

    1st December 2015 at 11:29 pm

    I’d put my feet up and get some well deserved relaxing done!

  258. Ellen Stafford

    2nd December 2015 at 12:22 am

    Read a good book

  259. Jane Middleton

    2nd December 2015 at 12:39 am

    Just relax and enjoy the bubble bath

  260. Jayne K

    2nd December 2015 at 1:26 am

    Browse some online shops

  261. Caroline James

    2nd December 2015 at 7:44 am

    I’d leave them to soak whilst I make the kids packed lunches and iron their school uniforms.

  262. Wendy Guy

    2nd December 2015 at 8:45 am

    I would definitely do some online shopping.

  263. Christine Hobbs

    2nd December 2015 at 8:45 am

    Make the lunch boxes for the family, have a cup of coffee and start the washing up. xx

  264. Rebecca Howells

    2nd December 2015 at 9:19 am

    I like to put lots of nice smelly bubble bath in the bath and read a light hearted magazine to take my mind off reality! (@PeanutHog)

  265. Michelle lintern

    2nd December 2015 at 9:54 am

    Lots of bubbles and chocs

  266. elaine stokes

    2nd December 2015 at 10:39 am

    make a cup of tea

    • elaine stokes

      2nd December 2015 at 10:40 am

      and relax and watch the tv

  267. Alison Clark

    2nd December 2015 at 10:50 am

    Run a bath – put some nice bath salts in it and start reading the book I bought a couple of weeks ago – this weekend it’s going to happen….I hope 🙂

  268. Lucia Critchley

    2nd December 2015 at 11:40 am

    I would have a nice cup of tea and a read of my book 🙂

  269. Fran H

    2nd December 2015 at 11:46 am

    I would do my Insanity workout, then have my tasty bircher to fuel me up after 🙂

  270. Vickie Jackson

    2nd December 2015 at 1:27 pm

    I’d like to think I’d have a bubble bath and a bit of a relax. But in all honesty I would probably just sit on my bed and lay down!!

  271. Rachel Bonness

    2nd December 2015 at 1:28 pm

    I think a bath is perfect wind down time and I’d put lots of bubbles in there, grab a book and listen to music.

  272. claire little

    2nd December 2015 at 2:17 pm


  273. Katherine McDonald

    2nd December 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Watch Masterchef Australia – I’m obsessed!

  274. Clare Hubbard

    2nd December 2015 at 2:48 pm

    I would have a 30 minute soak myself 🙂

  275. Kelly Hemmings

    2nd December 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Eat chocolate & enter some more competitions if I’m feeling lucky:)

  276. tishist

    2nd December 2015 at 4:08 pm

    I’d have a long soak and listen to some relaxing music

  277. Emily Hutchinson

    2nd December 2015 at 5:15 pm

    Read a book – bliss!

  278. Rosie Dunningham

    2nd December 2015 at 5:24 pm

    I would read my wonderful book! There’s so many lovely Christmas books out there at the moment, I’m trying to squeeze as many into the month of December as I can 🙂 Rosie xx

  279. Fiona K

    2nd December 2015 at 5:25 pm

    Feed my 3 cats, empty the dishwasher, make freshly squeezed orange juice and make coffee for my hubby and fruit tea for myself.

  280. Chris Hall

    2nd December 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Have a cup of tea and read my emails

  281. Denielle Nicol

    2nd December 2015 at 5:59 pm

    A nice wee soak in the bath&read of a good book.

  282. pauline black

    2nd December 2015 at 5:59 pm

    Read a book!

  283. Karen R

    2nd December 2015 at 6:01 pm

    I’d probably go and have my shower, then get the kids up!

  284. pauline black

    2nd December 2015 at 6:01 pm

    Read a book on my kindle while in a hit bath! My fav place to read!

  285. Andrea A

    2nd December 2015 at 6:38 pm

    I’d put a CD on and dance round the kitchen.

  286. Jill fairbank

    2nd December 2015 at 7:18 pm

    Lock the door get a good book and just chill

  287. Allan Fullarton

    2nd December 2015 at 8:02 pm

    Rest my eyes.

  288. Ian Campbell

    2nd December 2015 at 8:19 pm

    Check my e-mails whilst sipping on a relaxing glass of orange juice 🙂

  289. Hannah Igoe

    2nd December 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Bath time!

  290. Sarah Buckley

    2nd December 2015 at 10:43 pm

    Tidy up the kitchen & have a nice shower to wake me up!

  291. Tamsin Dean

    2nd December 2015 at 11:35 pm

    enjoy a whole cup of tea

  292. LORNA WIL

    2nd December 2015 at 11:52 pm

    I will read my daily light book and pray.


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