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Slow Cooker End of Season Vegetable Stew with Mushroom Dumplings and a Giveaway #66

Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew with Mushroom Dumplings

I was lucky enough to grow up with an Aga in the house. This meant plenty of slow cooked meals. There’s something about slow cooking that really brings out the flavours of ingredients and melds them into something richer and more flavoursome than the sum of their parts. These days, I only have an ordinary electric cooker, so I don’t tend to do much of that sort of cooking. At least I didn’t until I was sent a Von Shef slow cooker to try out. Those delicious childhood stews called to me and I knew I was very soon going to make a slow cooker vegetable stew.

Digital Slow Cooker

This VonShef Digital Slow Cooker from Domu, is simple to use and easy to clean. I was a little concerned I might not get it right first time, but I should have known better; I already have a VonShef 3-in-1 blender, which I use all the time. In my experience, Domu stock reliable products at an affordable price.

The slow cooker instructions were clear and the execution easy. It has three heat settings and a digital timer. The shiny black crockery pot is quite handsome in its own right and is the embodiment of a slow cook casserole dish.  The toughened glass lid allows you to easily see what’s going on inside. It’s a large 6.5 litre pot with plenty of capacity for joints of meat and loads of vegetables. Being a vegetarian, I opted for the latter. It’s ideal for large families, for batch cooking and freezing and for entertaining. There’s something deeply reassuring about going out to work, safe in the knowledge there will be a piping hot and delicious meal waiting for you on your return.

If this appeals, have a go at your very own pot luck with the Von Shef Digital Slow Cooker giveaway below. Christmas is coming, in case you hadn’t noticed and a slow cooker is a great way to recycle all those Christmas leftovers. With a RRP of £49.99, it’s good value for money and even better, Domu are currently offering it for £29.99.

End of Season Veg

End-of-Season Vegetables From The Plot

It’s pretty much the end of the season down at the plot and a good time to use up the odds and ends from the garden. Shelled runner beans and wonky carrots that would never make it to the supermarket will do very nicely in a slow cooker vegetable stew. In fact the only vegetable that went into the stew that we hadn’t grown ourselves was the onion. The wonderful thing about garden stews, is that you can add pretty much whatever you like to them. So chuck in your beetroots, celeriac or swedes and feel free to add some kale or cabbage into the mix too. It’s a great way to use up marrows or overgrown courgettes too.

Mushroom Dumplings

I do like a good dumpling with a stew. Often I add cheese to mine, but this time, I decided to keep the dish dairy free and vegan by way of a change. So instead of adding cheese, I added some mushrooms  instead.

Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew

Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew with Mushroom Dumplings

The smells wafting up from the kitchen were so enticing, I had to refrain from rushing down and taking the lid of to give an addictive stir. Not recommended as you want to retain as much of the heat as possible while cooking is in progress. My slow cooker vegetable stew was rich and flavoursome, further enhanced by the mushroom dumplings. In all the excitement of my slow cooker extravaganza, I forgot to add the baking powder to the dumplings – oops! This meant they were not quite as light as they should have been. Luckily, they were still very tasty.

As I’d made enough for at least six people, I was planning on putting some away in the freezer for a rainy day. However, as the weather was thoroughly wet and miserable anyway, we ended up feasting on it for the next two nights.

Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew with Mushroom Dumplings – The Recipe

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Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew with Mushroom Dumplings
Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew with Mushroom Dumplings
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
7 hrs
Total Time
7 hrs 20 mins
 
A slow cooked vegan vegetable stew using all the odds and ends from the late autumn plot. Mushroom dumplings complement this already rich and flavoursome dish.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: British
Keywords: autumn, dumplings, mushrooms, stew, vegan, vegetarian
Servings: 6 people
Author: Choclette
Ingredients
Stew
  • 3 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 300 g carrots - scrubbed
  • 600 g potatoes - scrubbed
  • 500 g prepared marrow or squash
  • 200 g shelled beans I used runner beans
  • 3-4 cloves garlic - finely chopped
  • 1 red chilli - finely chopped deseeded if you don't want it too hot
  • 2 bay leaves
  • sprig of rosemary
  • 3 sprigs of thyme
  • 1 scant tsp sea salt
  • 250 ml tomato passata
  • 250 ml red wine
  • 400 ml water
Dumplings
  • 100 g wholemeal flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 50 g vegetarian suet
  • 1 field mushroom or 50g any mushrooms - finely chopped
  • pinch of sea salt - I used Cornish sea salt of course
  • a grind of pepper
Instructions
Stew
  1. Pour the oil into the bottom of the slow cooker, then scatter the onions over.
  2. Roughly chop all of the veg and add to the pot.
  3. Add the herbs, garlic and chilli and sprinkle on the salt.
  4. Add the passata, wine and water.
  5. Cover and set the cooker to slow for 7 hours.
Dumplings
  1. Stir the ingredients together with a flat bladed knife.
  2. Add just enough water to bind them together, using the knife all the while.
  3. Take walnut size pieces and roll into balls - I made 11, but you could easily get 12.
  4. Take the lid of the slow cooker about an hour before it's due to stop. Give it a stir and place the dumplings over the top. Replace the lid and leave well alone until the cooking cycle has finished.
Recipe Notes

Substitute whatever vegetables you happen to have on hand for the ones listed here.
If you want to include dumplings, you'll need to add them about an hour before the end of the cooking time.

Other veggie slow cooker recipes you might like

Linkies

  • You will find plenty of delicious recipe ideas over on the Domu slow cooker recipe hub. Mine should soon be one of them.
  • I’m sending this vegan slow cooker vegetable stew to Jac over at Tinned Tomatoes for Meat Free Mondays.
  • It would be hard to cram in any Extra Veg so this also goes to Helen at Fuss Free Flavours and Michelle at Utterly Scrummy Food for Families.
  • This also goes to the Slow Cooked Challenge with Janice at Farmersgirl Kitchen and Lucy at Baking Queen.
  • As many people would put the wonky carrots, overgrown courgettes and giant runner beans in the compost, I’m sending this off to It’s Not Easy Being Greedy for the No Waste Food Challenge normally hosted at Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary.
  • This month’s Vegetable Palette is the colour white and as I had lots of lovely white runner beans, as well as potatoes, I’m sending this off to Shaheen at A2K – A Seasonal Veg Table.
  • The bay, rosemary and thyme in this wonderful vegetable stew makes it just right for Karen’s Cooking with Herbs over at Lavender and Lovage.

Keep in Touch

If you make this end-of-season vegetable stew with or without the mushroom dumplings, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below or via social media. A photo is always good too. For more delicious and nutritious recipes, follow me on TwitterFacebook, Instagram or Pinterest.

Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew. PIN IT.

Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew with Mushroom Dumplings. A great way to use up any end-of-season veg or odds or ends that are in need of using up. #vegan #recipe #vegetarian #stew #slowcooker

Thanks to Domu for the slow cooker. There was no requirement to write a positive review and as always all opinions are my own.

Slow Cooker Giveaway

Domu is kindly offering one Tin and Thyme reader an exclusive VonShef 6.5L Digital Slow Cooker with a RRP of £49.99. 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. Von Shef Slow Cooker
Prizes are offered and provided by Domu and Tin and Thyme accepts no responsibility for the acts or defaults of said third party. Tin and Thyme reserves the right to cancel or amend the giveaway and these terms and conditions without notice.
 
Closing date is Sunday 20 December 2015 
 
Do take a look at my giveaways page to see if there’s anything else you’d like to enter.
 

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261 Comments

  1. Tracey Peach

    21st November 2015 at 12:01 pm

    I would most like to curl up on the sofa & read my book 🙂

    Reply
  2. Fiona K

    21st November 2015 at 12:03 pm

    The activity I would like to do is crochet. I have recently taken this up again after my granddaughter was born. There are so many cute baby clothes to make, it’s hard to decide what to make next. I’m currently engaged on a little bolero for her to wear at Christmas.

    Reply
  3. Tracy K Nixon

    21st November 2015 at 12:08 pm

    At the moment it would be getting on with my cross stitched Christmas cards!

    Reply
  4. Cathy @ Planet Veggie

    21st November 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Oh man, this looks just the thing for this weather! I too love dumplings but have only ever had them plain. I think I’ll follow your lead and add mushrooms next time.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      21st November 2015 at 12:42 pm

      Thanks Cathy. Definitely to be recommended, only don’t forget the baking powder like I did 😉

      Reply
  5. Carolyn Montgomery

    21st November 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Relaxing with a good book and glass of wine

    Reply
  6. Gill

    21st November 2015 at 12:32 pm

    I’d like to read the paper all the way through with a cup of coffee!

    Reply
  7. Angela McDonald

    21st November 2015 at 12:33 pm

    I’d love to be curled up with a book having some ‘me time’ whilst it’s bubbling away!

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  8. iain maciver

    21st November 2015 at 1:11 pm

    I would head out for a cycle on the bike

    Reply
  9. laura banks

    21st November 2015 at 1:38 pm

    probably chill and watch a good film or maybe read a book

    Reply
  10. Margaret Clarkson

    21st November 2015 at 1:44 pm

    I would have a nice cup of tea and read a good book.

    Reply
  11. Daniel Pickard

    21st November 2015 at 1:54 pm

    I would set it off in the morning before the kids go off to school and me to work, then we could come home to a lovely stew and warm ourselves up as it is freezing outside at the moment.

    Reply
  12. Helen Thurston

    21st November 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Have a couple of uninterrupted hours researching my family history 🙂

    Reply
  13. ann goody

    21st November 2015 at 2:18 pm

    I love to have a mega read, a good book along with plenty of brews…….strong tea!

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  14. Katie skeoch

    21st November 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Catching up on some Netflix while having a cuppa

    Reply
  15. Debbie Skerten

    21st November 2015 at 2:44 pm

    I like to curl up on my chair in front of the log burner and read a good book.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      21st November 2015 at 5:34 pm

      That sounds wonderful Debbie – oh for a log burning fire 🙂

      Reply
  16. kim neville

    21st November 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Watch a film with the family or do one of my exercise dvds 🙂

    Reply
  17. Chris Andrews

    21st November 2015 at 3:13 pm

    What activity would you most like to do whilst your slow cooker is bubbling away . . . . . . play time with my grandsons

    Reply
  18. bev

    21st November 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Sit down with a good book and a cup of tea – bliss for half an hour.

    Reply
  19. Roz Goodgame

    21st November 2015 at 3:16 pm

    this looks fantastic – will be giving those dumplings a go

    Reply
    • Choclette

      21st November 2015 at 5:33 pm

      Thanks Roz – they were a revelation and will be made again for sure 🙂

      Reply
  20. Paul Scotland

    21st November 2015 at 3:38 pm

    I would partake in a glass of wine

    Reply
  21. RUTH ROBINSON

    21st November 2015 at 3:41 pm

    excersizing doing hula hooping

    Reply
  22. Karen Hughes

    21st November 2015 at 3:43 pm

    I would do some yoga,love it!

    Reply
  23. Megan Kinsey

    21st November 2015 at 4:28 pm

    It depends what state the house is in! Would be a good opportunity to catch up on a bit of cleaning or ironing. But if all that’s done then would be nice to catch up with a good book and a cup of tea, or wrap some Christmas presents!

    Reply
  24. Chris Davies

    21st November 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Go to work! Earn some money, and come home to a delicious meal! 😀

    Reply
  25. Paul Sahl

    21st November 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Have a coffee and read for a while.

    Reply
  26. Lucy Parissi

    21st November 2015 at 5:31 pm

    What an awesome stew! Published a very similar one recently actually but the mushroom dumplings are an excellent idea. I think i need to try those very soon. Yummed!

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    • Choclette

      21st November 2015 at 6:52 pm

      Thanks Lucy. Your stew looked super, though I never quite think a stew is complete without dumplings 😉

      Reply
  27. Paul Sahl

    21st November 2015 at 5:31 pm

    -Then go for a walk

    Reply
  28. @iDreamInCustard

    21st November 2015 at 5:39 pm

    Dumplings! That’s what makes the perfect stew. Vegetarian recipes are sadly given too little limelight in all the “winter warmer” features so it’s good to see you providing little inspiration. Like the mushroom twist on the dumplings.
    I normally relax whilst cooking, so if the slow cooker was taking care of that then I guess I’d have more time to concentrate on some festive baking. And if the oven’s off-limits? I’ve got Hamelman’s ‘Bread’ just delivered and I won’t learn without some serious study time.

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    • Choclette

      21st November 2015 at 6:49 pm

      Ah, thank you Claire. Dumplings are definitely the clincher when it comes to stews and the mushroom ones were a revelation 🙂 Good luck with the giveaway 🙂

      Reply
  29. lisa

    21st November 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Mushroom dumplings?!? Why haven’t I had these before?! Definitely going to give this a go it sounds amazing! x

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    • Choclette

      21st November 2015 at 7:53 pm

      I was wondering pretty much the same thing Lisa – really glad I got a bit experimental 😉

      Reply
  30. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    21st November 2015 at 7:17 pm

    What a delicious veggie stew! I love esp. those mushroom dumplings.

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    • Choclette

      21st November 2015 at 7:54 pm

      Thanks Angie, the stew was really good, but the dumplings were the icing on the cake, so to speak 😉

      Reply
  31. kellyjo walters

    21st November 2015 at 8:04 pm

    prob housework or jobs around the house, the usual housewife stuff

    Reply
  32. Alison Macdonald

    21st November 2015 at 8:10 pm

    Can’t beat a good soak in a scented bubble bath 🙂

    Reply
  33. Martina Evans

    21st November 2015 at 8:15 pm

    I would read a good book, whilst enjoying a lovely hot cup of tea.

    Reply
  34. Janice

    21st November 2015 at 8:28 pm

    That sounds absolutely gorgeous. I love the mushroom dumplings, thanks for joining us for the Slow Cooked Challenge.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      22nd November 2015 at 6:59 pm

      Glad I finally made it Janice 🙂

      Reply
  35. Rose Elise

    21st November 2015 at 8:43 pm

    What I WANT to do is read the new novel I got, but instead I would have to read some academic books for my degree!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      22nd November 2015 at 6:58 pm

      Oh I feel your pain Rose. Truth told I rarely get the time to read these days and I really miss it.

      Reply
  36. Dom

    21st November 2015 at 9:20 pm

    oh my word, those dumplings!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      22nd November 2015 at 6:57 pm

      Absolutely Dom, I suspect the Viking might rather like them too 😉

      Reply
  37. Darrell

    21st November 2015 at 9:21 pm

    I’d love to be riding on my BMX through the nearby forest. Gets me some fresh air and keeps me fit 🙂

    Reply
  38. pete c

    21st November 2015 at 10:20 pm

    I`d like to be thinking what kind of dessert I`d conjure up, to go with the main course

    Reply
  39. melanie stirling

    21st November 2015 at 11:48 pm

    I’d like to be sat in my comfy chair,reading a good book.

    Reply
  40. Spencer Broadley

    21st November 2015 at 11:55 pm

    Be lazy watching some comedy with some beers and small snacks until the cooker has done all.

    Reply
  41. Amanda Richardson

    22nd November 2015 at 12:56 am

    go out cycling if it’s not raining

    Reply
  42. Lynsey Buchanan

    22nd November 2015 at 1:52 am

    I would be getting on with my cleaning & ironing.

    Reply
  43. Michaela Hannah

    22nd November 2015 at 4:15 am

    I’d love to sit down with a cuppa and a good book but in reality i’d probably be tidying up!

    Reply
  44. Stephen Harris

    22nd November 2015 at 8:15 am

    It would give me the opportunity to Keep a beady eye on my 13 month old who gets up to all kinds of trouble lol

    Reply
  45. shaheen

    22nd November 2015 at 10:03 am

    I’d probably catch up on some house-work, house work never ends. But If I do win this slow cooker, it would be a gift for a family member.

    Reply
  46. Anthony G

    22nd November 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Probably the online equivalent to window shopping (cyber shopping?) – simply endless browsing, taking note of all the wonderful things I’d LIKE to buy (if I had the money!)

    Reply
  47. Sheena Widdowfield

    22nd November 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Go on a nice long walk with my husband and border collie 🙂

    Reply
  48. Suzanne O'Neill

    22nd November 2015 at 2:46 pm

    CATCH UP WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY

    Reply
  49. Laura Pritchard

    22nd November 2015 at 3:24 pm

    I’d read my book.

    Reply
  50. Nicola S

    22nd November 2015 at 6:05 pm

    Take my dogs for a long walk in the countryside. I would have a lovely dinner waiting for me .

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  51. Nancy Loring

    22nd November 2015 at 9:12 pm

    I will be running after 3 year old twins all day long.

    Reply
  52. Judith Allen

    22nd November 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Not sure about activity, I’m always ready for a nap. Pesky MS. But I would give this to my vegan daughter and I know she has plenty to do. Dancing, practicing her bass guitar, working, not sure when she sleeps. Oh, to be young.

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  53. Samantha Loughlin

    22nd November 2015 at 9:26 pm

    Lovely soak in the bath xxx

    Reply
  54. Angela treadway

    22nd November 2015 at 9:26 pm

    Mop my floors, put washing away…countless chores whilst this cooks for me x

    Reply
  55. aj

    22nd November 2015 at 9:29 pm

    well that would be telling! I might get banned from your blog if I actually told yer!

    Reply
  56. Sharon H

    22nd November 2015 at 9:38 pm

    I’d love to call my best friend who now lives down south, we never seem to have the time to really catch up.

    Reply
  57. Jo Hutchinson

    22nd November 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Do part of a jigsaw puzzle, I always have on the go. I never would have thought of mushrooms dumplings, how inspired!.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      23rd November 2015 at 8:33 am

      Oh I love jigsaws and when I’ve lived in a house with enough room I always had one on the go too. Sadly, no room in our current house.

      Reply
  58. Laura Nice

    22nd November 2015 at 10:54 pm

    Probably tidy the house!

    Reply
  59. Tamsin Dean

    23rd November 2015 at 12:27 am

    read more of the books I end up buying that my partner doesn’t know about. lol

    Reply
  60. Sally Collingwood

    23rd November 2015 at 7:35 am

    Cuddle my new baby granddaughter

    Reply
  61. Ruth Harwood

    23rd November 2015 at 8:16 am

    reading blogs, especially yours 😉 xx

    Reply
  62. ROBERT MCINTOSH

    23rd November 2015 at 9:53 am

    I would spend the time in the garden getting more crops ready to fill the cooker over the nest few months!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      23rd November 2015 at 1:50 pm

      Excellent Robert, I heartily approve of this undertaking 😉

      Reply
  63. Julie Tift

    23rd November 2015 at 2:51 pm

    I could visit the farm shop to select the ingredients for the next undertaking.

    Reply
  64. Karen Hughes

    23rd November 2015 at 5:38 pm

    Have a fun filled family day out! Then on arrival home when we are exhausted, dinner is ready!

    Reply
  65. Michael Rattray

    24th November 2015 at 9:21 am

    Relax and do nothing

    Reply
  66. Jess Howliston

    24th November 2015 at 9:28 pm

    I would like to put my feet up with a hot chocolate and catch up on an episode of Masterchef! However I am most likely to be found chasing a toddler around and picking raisins from my hair lol! x

    Reply
  67. Natalie Crossan

    24th November 2015 at 11:14 pm

    Relaxing with a glass of wine xx

    Reply
  68. emily omara

    25th November 2015 at 10:50 am

    clean or chill!

    Reply
  69. Paul Bradley

    25th November 2015 at 2:27 pm

    Switch on my turntables, play a few hours of classic ska and reggae, just in time for a nice stew!

    Reply
  70. Kat Lucas

    26th November 2015 at 3:19 am

    I would love to finish some of the projects I have going for gifts such as a blanket I am working on and it has to be done by Christmas

    Reply
  71. tracey ryder

    26th November 2015 at 8:22 pm

    play on my laptop

    Reply
  72. Karen Richards

    26th November 2015 at 10:44 pm

    Catch up with my ironing.

    Reply
  73. Helen Metcalfe

    27th November 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Bake a cake or read a book

    Reply
    • Helen Metcalfe

      27th November 2015 at 5:21 pm

      meant to add to last comment, both activities are long overdue!

      Reply
  74. Karl Borowy

    27th November 2015 at 7:20 pm

    read novel

    Reply
  75. Zach Ohmite Hudson

    28th November 2015 at 9:26 am

    A nap in front of the woodburner – ZZzzzzzz

    Reply
  76. Gwyn Sharps

    28th November 2015 at 4:04 pm

    I’d go downstairs and do some meditation in my chill out room.

    Reply
  77. claire woods

    28th November 2015 at 4:28 pm

    I’d like to have a nice relaxing bath

    Reply
  78. Lesley Bambridge

    28th November 2015 at 8:41 pm

    I would love to read a good book, and just savour the wonderful aroma, and relax while the dinner looks after itself. Bliss

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    • Choclette

      29th November 2015 at 2:46 pm

      Now that paints such a good picture Lesley – can I join you?

      Reply
  79. Isabel O

    29th November 2015 at 10:00 am

    Hmm that’s a tricky one. Either read a book from my huge to read pile, or watch the entire four seasons of the new version of Battlestar Galactica again (again again!) 🙂

    Reply
  80. Kim Styles

    29th November 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Bake some blueberry muffins mmmm for pudding

    Reply
  81. Diane Carey

    29th November 2015 at 4:58 pm

    I would like to be having a long workout on my Wii Fit board. I haven’t used it in ages. I need to lose the weight that I have put on this year whilst I have been poorly. Then I can go buy some new clothes for winter

    Reply
  82. Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours

    29th November 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Oh I do like a good dumpling in a stew, these look lovely! Thanks for sharing with #ExtraVeg

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    • Choclette

      30th November 2015 at 8:54 am

      Thanks Helen. Mushroom dumplings are my new found love.

      Reply
  83. charlotte

    29th November 2015 at 5:32 pm

    i’d get a lovely cuppa and watch some tele 🙂

    Reply
  84. Diana Cotter

    30th November 2015 at 1:32 pm

    A walk on a crisp Winter’s evening, when the stars are bright, then coming in to the delicious aromas of a bubbling beef casserole waiting for me.

    Reply
  85. Sarah James

    30th November 2015 at 4:51 pm

    Your stew looks delicious Choclette. I love the sound of those mushroom dumplings, what a great idea. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Reply
    • Choclette

      1st December 2015 at 10:18 am

      Thanks Sarah. Those mushroom dumplings are my new favourite thing 🙂

      Reply
  86. Matt McAndrew

    30th November 2015 at 8:41 pm

    I would walk my dog because he cannot go very long without demanding a walk. The annoying little git!

    Reply
  87. Georgina davies

    30th November 2015 at 10:03 pm

    i would like to sit down for ten minutes and put my feel up with a glass of wine lol x

    Reply
  88. Diane Jackson

    1st December 2015 at 1:54 pm

    You will usually find me washing, ironing, shopping or cleaning while my slow cooker is bubbling away 😉

    Reply
  89. milli

    2nd December 2015 at 7:08 pm

    I’d study my cookery book ready for the next delight!

    Reply
  90. Alida @My Little Italian Kitchen

    3rd December 2015 at 10:53 am

    I would certainly love to blog!! This is my favourite hobby ever and oh.. having a cup of coffee with the cat on my lap too!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      3rd December 2015 at 7:35 pm

      Wonderful Alida. You’re a true multi-tasker 🙂

      Reply
  91. Lindsay Taylor

    4th December 2015 at 10:59 pm

    I’d like a bit of me time but the reality would be taxi driver to my 3 boys to and from their sports!

    Reply
  92. Robyn Logan Clarke

    5th December 2015 at 1:57 am

    Alternating between getting my crochet fix and playing Duplo with my son and daughter

    Reply
  93. mama syder

    5th December 2015 at 8:42 am

    Brilliant giveaway. I would so love to be getting on with painting my nails

    Reply
  94. kimberley ryan

    5th December 2015 at 5:34 pm

    spend the time playing dinosaurs or trains with my children

    Reply
  95. Kerry Lock

    5th December 2015 at 7:51 pm

    Quality play time with the kids would be first on my agenda

    Reply
  96. Michelle Hughes

    6th December 2015 at 7:19 am

    If im honest I’m normally at work whilst its going away at home – the smell I walk into is divine

    Reply
  97. Jon Sellers

    6th December 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Do a few miles on the exercise bike to burn off a few calories

    Reply
  98. felicity smith

    6th December 2015 at 8:08 pm

    I would be curled up with one of those books that have been sitting waiting all year

    Reply
  99. Lili

    7th December 2015 at 12:52 am

    I’d spend some time birdwatching from my kitchen wondow. At this time of year so many different birds visit the sunflower hearts feeder, including nuthatches & redpolls. I never seem to have time to sit and enjoy them.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      7th December 2015 at 10:27 am

      Do find a bit of time to watch the birds if you can Lili, they are such wonderful little things.

      Reply
  100. Julie Ward

    9th December 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Enter comps like this online while listening to some xmas song on the music channels

    Reply
  101. don erwood

    9th December 2015 at 10:31 pm

    I would make a venison stew with it and have it ready for when I get home

    Reply
  102. Louise Clarke

    10th December 2015 at 3:09 am

    you have got to have a stew, with dumplings and i cant wait to try these mushroom ones!

    Reply
  103. Erica Price

    11th December 2015 at 7:24 am

    Check social media

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  104. Emma Fox

    11th December 2015 at 7:31 am

    I would play a board game with my son and read a chapter of my book!

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  105. Michelle Wild

    11th December 2015 at 4:41 pm

    A lovely long bath with a glass of wine and a book.

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  106. Hannah Igoe

    11th December 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Glass of wine and a good book – its so rare I get to read!

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  107. Alica

    12th December 2015 at 12:39 pm

    I think I would catch up on my reading! It has been a while! 🙂

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  108. ashleigh allan

    12th December 2015 at 1:25 pm

    have a relaxing bath

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  109. John Frost

    12th December 2015 at 9:32 pm

    Put my feet up with a big glass of wine

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  110. lynn neal

    13th December 2015 at 12:20 am

    I would probably do some sewing!

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  111. Tracy

    13th December 2015 at 1:34 pm

    The stew looks great – not being a fan of mushrooms I probably would go for the cheese option you normally use – the perfect dish for this kind of weather. Thanks for entering into the no waste food challenge – the round up is finally live, so sorry it took so long!

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    • Choclette

      13th December 2015 at 5:20 pm

      Well cheesy dumplings are very hard to resist Tracy 🙂

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  112. odette

    13th December 2015 at 7:46 pm

    I get home very late from work so I would go to the gym whilst the slow cooker makes dinner.

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  113. Yet Another Blogging Mummy

    14th December 2015 at 6:27 am

    I would take the opportunity to put my feet up with a good book and a mug of hot chocolate

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  114. Michelle O'Neill

    15th December 2015 at 7:38 pm

    a nice long soak x

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  115. Louise Watts

    16th December 2015 at 4:44 pm

    I’ve been trying to get into the habit of doing quick sketches and keeping a daily pictorial journal so that would be my choice of activity while waiting for the slow cook!

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    • Choclette

      16th December 2015 at 6:27 pm

      What a fab idea. I’m rubbish at drawing, but would love to be able to do something like that Louise.

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  116. Suzanne

    16th December 2015 at 5:38 pm

    It would be great to set aside time to read.

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  117. Laura Jeffs

    16th December 2015 at 5:45 pm

    I normally do a bit of household chores, but at times also sit at my pc and do some internet surfing 😉

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  118. Aidan Clark

    16th December 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Curl up by the fire with tea and my cats.

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  119. Lisa Everaert

    16th December 2015 at 5:52 pm

    relax and read a good book.

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  120. Mary Heald

    16th December 2015 at 6:16 pm

    Walk the dog

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  121. debbie smith

    16th December 2015 at 6:18 pm

    have a good natter and a brew and biscuit with my best friend lisa x

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  122. Soph H

    16th December 2015 at 6:34 pm

    Binge watch a good boxset on Netflix with a few cups of tea and maybe a biscuit!

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  123. Rebecca Williams

    16th December 2015 at 6:38 pm

    I would like to read a few chapters of my book, while drinking a nice cup of tea.

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  124. Louise Smith

    16th December 2015 at 6:52 pm

    Spend time playing games with my daughter

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  125. Emma Nixon

    16th December 2015 at 7:11 pm

    I would make the most of a bit of spare time and enjoy myself. Make a cuppa tea and relax with a good tv boxset. Lazy but fun!

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  126. Fiona K

    16th December 2015 at 7:16 pm

    Watch a good film with my feet up

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  127. Lorna Jayne Kennedy

    16th December 2015 at 7:43 pm

    That would depend who else was in the house! If the kids are around I would spend quality time with them, but if I was on my own I would definitely make it “me time”. No chores – I’d probably have a good pamper and relax.

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  128. Mark Palmer

    16th December 2015 at 7:49 pm

    Read a good book and catch up on some sleep

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  129. Zenath

    16th December 2015 at 7:53 pm

    I would curled up on my sofa and put my favourite film on!

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  130. sian hallewell

    16th December 2015 at 8:00 pm

    Reading a good book

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  131. Claire Ross

    16th December 2015 at 8:03 pm

    This recipe looks so yummy 😀 I would love to have my own slow cooker to try it out 😀

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    • Choclette

      16th December 2015 at 9:11 pm

      Thank you Claire, that’s very nice of you to say so 🙂

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  132. Claire Bodin

    16th December 2015 at 8:25 pm

    Go out for a run while my meat cooking lovely

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  133. christine shelley

    16th December 2015 at 8:39 pm

    Im heading for the pc to do some advent comps

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  134. Terri Collins

    16th December 2015 at 8:45 pm

    I love the idea that I can get on with jobs around the house like washing and changing the bed, while a nice healthy meal is cooking without lots of effort 🙂

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  135. Sarah Fielding

    16th December 2015 at 8:51 pm

    Dancing around the kitchen with my boyfriend!

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  136. Penny H

    16th December 2015 at 9:18 pm

    I’d go into my craftroom and make some pretty cards while my food was bubbling away.

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  137. paul martin

    16th December 2015 at 9:19 pm

    we all love to sit around and watch a christmas classic on tv its a family tradition

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  138. Sarah Mackay

    16th December 2015 at 9:43 pm

    The dreaded task of wrapping up all of the Christmas presents

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  139. Sarah Rees

    16th December 2015 at 9:44 pm

    watch a film with some chocolate

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  140. Janice

    16th December 2015 at 9:51 pm

    sitting on the sofa nice and cosy

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  141. Marc Chivers

    16th December 2015 at 10:09 pm

    Would love to go into town and finish my Christmas shopping

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  142. Stefan Pearson

    16th December 2015 at 10:21 pm

    I would most like to put the PS4 on once my daughter is fast asleep

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  143. Stephanie Tsang

    16th December 2015 at 10:39 pm

    I would like to spend more time playing with my baby boy.

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  144. Rachel Ray

    16th December 2015 at 10:48 pm

    I’d curl up and read a good book

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  145. Zoe G

    16th December 2015 at 11:01 pm

    I would get it out in the fresh air and take the dog for a walk

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  146. Farhana

    16th December 2015 at 11:11 pm

    I’d like to attempt one of those fitness video workouts

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  147. Summi

    16th December 2015 at 11:33 pm

    Love to catch up on my reading!

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  148. Lee Ritson

    17th December 2015 at 12:25 am

    Sitting at my computer playing minecraft 🙂

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  149. Phil Darling

    17th December 2015 at 5:25 am

    I’d get out and do the rest of the Christmas shopping

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  150. David Sweet

    17th December 2015 at 6:02 am

    Go for a long walk

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  151. Tracey Belcher

    17th December 2015 at 6:12 am

    Take a walk along the beach to build up my appetite all ready for a warming casserole on my return

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  152. helen tovell

    17th December 2015 at 9:57 am

    I would use the time to finish off putting up the rest of the Christmas decorations

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  153. leanne weir

    17th December 2015 at 10:15 am

    Relaxing with a good book

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  154. Jackie ONeill

    17th December 2015 at 11:01 am

    watch Christmas movies x

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  155. Caroline H

    17th December 2015 at 12:00 pm

    I think for me it would be a good de-clutter. The Christmas deep clean of the house has highlighted to me that there are too many drawers and cupboards in this house stuffed with goodness knows what so it’s time to thin it out!

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    • Choclette

      17th December 2015 at 4:20 pm

      Oh, I’m so with you there Caroline. If I was given some magic extra time I would love to have a good de-clutter.

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  156. Suzanne Sendell

    17th December 2015 at 1:05 pm

    Looking for the next tasty recipe

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  157. Julia P

    17th December 2015 at 2:36 pm

    relaxing with my family, playing a few card games and generally catching up with the gossip

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  158. Sarah Brokenshire

    17th December 2015 at 5:26 pm

    watch a good box set x

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  159. jennifer thorpe

    17th December 2015 at 6:39 pm

    I would like to sit with a cheeky glass of wine and read a chapter or three of my book

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  160. kelly mobbs

    17th December 2015 at 7:06 pm

    A bit of hula-hooping in front of the tv

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  161. Christine Caple

    17th December 2015 at 7:08 pm

    I would like to go out for a walk by the sea, and then curl up with a good book.

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  162. Bob Clark

    17th December 2015 at 8:02 pm

    relaxing on a comfy armchair and reading a good book or magazine

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  163. Edward Guerreiro

    18th December 2015 at 3:20 am

    I would like to continue playing fallout 4 (A recently released computer game).

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  164. S Bufton

    18th December 2015 at 4:40 am

    I would like to think I would read one of my many unread books

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    • Choclette

      18th December 2015 at 12:16 pm

      Oh I know the feeling. I have such a huge pile of books and I keep telling myself I’ll take some time out to read, but …

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  165. Jessica Hutton

    18th December 2015 at 8:29 am

    Id take the dogs for a nice long walk to the lake xx

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  166. Angie Hoggett

    18th December 2015 at 11:33 am

    wrap up some xmas presents

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  167. elaine stokes

    18th December 2015 at 12:25 pm

    curl up on the sofa and get a good book out and have some ME time

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  168. Tom Taylor

    18th December 2015 at 4:16 pm

    Joy of a slow cooker is leaving it on even when you leave the house so would definitely go out for a nice long family walk.

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  169. Hassni

    18th December 2015 at 6:55 pm

    Do the laundry, do the dusting, and then go out for a jog. Just kidding! I’ll be lounging around on the sofa daydreaming.

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  170. Karl Borowy

    18th December 2015 at 7:26 pm

    read and chill

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  171. sharon martin

    18th December 2015 at 7:50 pm

    relax in a bubble bath and a good book

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  172. liza campy

    18th December 2015 at 9:18 pm

    I would take the dogs for a walk in the woods. there is nothing nicer than coming in to half something nice ready to eat xx

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  173. cheryl pearson

    18th December 2015 at 11:26 pm

    watch netflix to relax or a movie, nice to relax while dinner is cooking

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  174. Nazrana Haque

    19th December 2015 at 1:38 am

    i love to knit, so this would be bliss…slow cooker on and knitting time begins!

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  175. Debi Gillard

    19th December 2015 at 7:41 am

    I would probably take the dogs for a nice long walk and then back for a nice cup of tea!

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  176. sarah

    19th December 2015 at 10:55 am

    play games with my kids, help them with their homework, read a book.

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  177. Diana

    19th December 2015 at 11:06 am

    I like relax on the sofa with a book and a cup of tea or just enjoy a good Disney film with my daughter 🙂

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  178. Jenny Jones

    19th December 2015 at 1:44 pm

    go for a nice walk with my family or if the weather is bad watch a movie together

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  179. Anthea Holloway

    19th December 2015 at 2:01 pm

    I would love to be out in the garden – pruning, weeding or leaf raking!

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  180. Victoria Prince

    19th December 2015 at 3:35 pm

    I would most like to go on a lovely relaxing walk with the dogs 🙂

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  181. Barbara Handley

    19th December 2015 at 6:33 pm

    I would do some competitions to try and win a holiday or treat for my grandchildren.

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  182. Alison

    19th December 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Catching up with my blog

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  183. Jemma Webster

    19th December 2015 at 6:51 pm

    Build a Lego fort with my four year old!

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  184. Karen R

    19th December 2015 at 7:35 pm

    At this time of year with so much going on, I’d like to get some sleep!

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  185. Sue Dorking

    19th December 2015 at 7:59 pm

    I’d love to do a bit of tidying up in the garden, so many leaves need collecting and the rest needs a little attention!

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  186. caroline scott

    19th December 2015 at 8:11 pm

    I’d take a long bath before having a glass of wine while doing some online shopping

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  187. Becky John

    19th December 2015 at 8:53 pm

    I’d like to curl up on the sofa and catch up on the soaps.

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  188. Angela Sandhu

    19th December 2015 at 9:23 pm

    sleeping

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  189. Paula Phillips

    19th December 2015 at 9:58 pm

    I’d like to be wrapping my Christmas presents.

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  190. Hannah

    19th December 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Reality is that I’d be doing some jobs – but I’d like to be reading my latest fantasy book.

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  191. Petra Hora

    19th December 2015 at 10:42 pm

    resting and relaxing.

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  192. Sheri Darby

    19th December 2015 at 10:47 pm

    Read a good book

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  193. Kristy Brown

    19th December 2015 at 10:47 pm

    I am usually getting on with my work and housework

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  194. Hayley Mulgrove

    19th December 2015 at 10:58 pm

    Cleaning my home from top to bottom and then sleep lol

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  195. Lorraine Tinsley

    19th December 2015 at 11:06 pm

    I love messing around with my two kids, they love arts and crafts or just dancing around the living room

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  196. Jamie

    19th December 2015 at 11:43 pm

    College work with I never get round too 🙁

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  197. Keshia Esgate

    19th December 2015 at 11:59 pm

    I would like to crack on with my scrapbooking that I started ages ago!

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  198. Rich Tyler

    20th December 2015 at 12:09 am

    Catch up on emails while it’s doing all the hard-work! 😉

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  199. Patricia Avery

    20th December 2015 at 12:18 am

    I love to read whenever I get the chance. Just wish I got more chances! 🙂

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  200. Louise A

    20th December 2015 at 1:40 am

    check the weather and read the news on my iPad

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  201. Jayne K

    20th December 2015 at 2:35 am

    What I should do is catch up on housework, but what I’d want to do is surf the internet,

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  202. Leslie Evans

    20th December 2015 at 4:11 am

    Clean as much of my house as I could.

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  203. Sobia

    20th December 2015 at 6:14 am

    I would curl up on the sofa and read a good book.

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  204. Mike Williams

    20th December 2015 at 8:38 am

    I would read through some more blogs to find more great recipes for the next time I use the slow cooker. Thanks for sharing.

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  205. Kay Adeola

    20th December 2015 at 9:07 am

    I would be spending more time with my family,Great prize thank you for the chance and Merry Christmas.

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    • Choclette

      20th December 2015 at 5:21 pm

      Thank you Kay. Merry Christmas to you too and good luck.

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  206. Janine C

    20th December 2015 at 9:14 am

    Do some of my knitting or sewing and having a nice relax whilst my food is cooking away 🙂

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  207. Annette Oliver

    20th December 2015 at 10:08 am

    I’d chill out with a good book

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  208. zoe somerfield

    20th December 2015 at 10:19 am

    Feet up on sofa, good book and a glass of wine

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  209. Vickie Jackson

    20th December 2015 at 10:41 am

    I love being able to play with my kids and spending quality time with them.

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  210. claire wilkinson

    20th December 2015 at 11:18 am

    colour!!!

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  211. Richard Eldred Hawes

    20th December 2015 at 11:22 am

    I should be cleaning the house but I would rather sit down with a good book and a cup of tea

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    • Choclette

      20th December 2015 at 5:19 pm

      Haha, I know the feeling Richard – one day!

      Reply
  212. Oksana Fitzgerald

    20th December 2015 at 12:04 pm

    I would love to be able to devote more time to my daughter. I’m so busy as I work from home and also look after my 2 year old. I would be so happy if this slow cooker can save me some precious time. Thank you for the chance to win it.

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  213. carrie

    20th December 2015 at 1:47 pm

    I would most like to sit with a good book, but would be more likely to be catching up with cleaning 🙂

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  214. Jamie Millard

    20th December 2015 at 2:38 pm

    while the slow cooker is cooking, I can get on with the baking.

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  215. cat

    20th December 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Put my feet up for forty winks before the children come home

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  216. Cathy O

    20th December 2015 at 3:03 pm

    I would like to have a bit of me time as strangely do not seem to get much of that these days!

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  217. Nancy Bradford

    20th December 2015 at 3:30 pm

    I would take my daughter for a walk outside in the fresh air x

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  218. Jordan Bentley

    20th December 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Read a book with the TV on in the background 🙂

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  219. Maggie Coates

    20th December 2015 at 5:10 pm

    I would surf the internet reading blogs and generally getting distracted.

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  220. julie jones

    20th December 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Plenty of time to get in the garden and do some stree free gardening

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  221. Karen Lloyd

    20th December 2015 at 6:11 pm

    I would be baking some delicious cakes.

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  222. liz ferguson

    20th December 2015 at 7:28 pm

    I’d probably spend my spare time doing a bit of gardening – I’ve still got a lot of spring bulbs toput in for next year!

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  223. shelley stevenson

    20th December 2015 at 7:35 pm

    relax in a bubble bath with my favourite mag

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  224. Helen Gossage

    20th December 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Relax and read a book or maybe go for a walk

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  225. Susanna Harvey

    20th December 2015 at 8:30 pm

    I am very happy with my nickname of ‘The Crochet Queen’ so I would sit and happily crochet a gift for a family member while the smell of my delicious stew wafts around the house.

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  226. Sarah Lee

    20th December 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Have a coffee and read a magazine

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  227. Jade Evans

    20th December 2015 at 8:49 pm

    At the moment I would love to crack on with the Christmas wrapping, any other time I’d love to be able to take the kids out on a nice long walk and to the park, and come home to something delicious waiting for us.

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  228. LIZZIE E

    20th December 2015 at 9:30 pm

    Catching up on my favourite TV shows!

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  229. Emma

    20th December 2015 at 10:12 pm

    Read a book or watch tv

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  230. Clare Hubbard

    20th December 2015 at 10:23 pm

    Watch a good TV programme with a nice cup of hot chocolate

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  231. Monika S

    20th December 2015 at 10:53 pm

    I would carry on with my cross stitch project, any chance I get I am with needle in my hand

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  232. Jessica K

    20th December 2015 at 11:31 pm

    have a cup of tea and read or browse social media 🙂

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  233. Ellen Stafford

    20th December 2015 at 11:32 pm

    I would love to take the dog for a walk to the park.

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  234. Michelle Maggs

    20th December 2015 at 11:37 pm

    I would start making a homemade dessert with my two daughters 🙂

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  235. Leeanne Fry

    20th December 2015 at 11:39 pm

    We can have more family time together, playing games, reading books and doing extra homework.

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  236. tishist

    20th December 2015 at 11:51 pm

    I’d have a long bath and a good long read

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