Hot! Hot! Hot! [lamenting climate change] and a Giveaway

Woah!  We are enduring a heatwave in Australia.

Little Baker and I have just cooled off in a refreshing, lukewarm bath. A day for baking it is not!

Bush fires are raging across 5 states and territories as I write. There are 130 fires in my home state of NSW at present, with 30 of them out of control.

I am distressed by images of injured wildlife and abandoned farm animals standing in charred surroundings. I am thankful that fire does not threaten the safety of my family.

We experienced extreme temperatures during the week. The Bureau of Meteorology was forced to add new colours to its forecast map – deep purple and pink – to represent temperatures in excess of 50 degrees celsius (122 fahrenheit).

My little firemen

My Little Firemen

It is hard to believe that any Australian would deny the weight of climate science at a time when over a hundred bush fires rage and Australia experiences its hottest day ever  (in recorded history).

I don’t suppose opposition leader and climate skeptic, Tony Abbott, has changed his tune? Unlikely!

Our world is warming.

I fear for my children. What will their future hold?

I am angry that lobby groups, ‘Big Polluters’, and climate skeptics have influenced national policy. The profit-motive remains the major driver of energy policy, not planetary wellbeing.

I am consciously reminding myself to keep my thoughts focused on the present, to refrain from conjuring frightening, future scenarios in my mind. But it’s hard. 

Our planet cannot sustain animal agriculture and remain a healthy, hospitable home for living beings. Moreover, non-human animals, our fellow Earthlings, should not have to endure the horrors of animal agriculture.

To my beautiful friends, family members and readers of Made of Stars who have already embraced veganism, I commend you. I value your compassionate hearts. I acknowledge your commitment to keeping your eyes open to suffering when it may be easier to turn your back.

There has never been a better time to embrace veganism! Take the leap! 


On to the giveaway…

Image used with kind permission of Becky Striepe

Image used with kind permission of Becky Striepe

Two readers of  Made of Stars will each receive a copy of 40 Days of Green Smoothies by Becky Striepe of Glue and Glitter.

Image used with kind permission of Becky Striepe

Image used with kind permission of Becky Striepe

I am a big fan of green smoothies. I drink one each morning. With a desire to share my passion for green smoothies, I gave 40 Days of Green Smoothies to my sister.  The book transformed her daily ‘banana and berry’ morning smoothie into a green beast! Feel free to comment, Susykat. 🙂

The smoothie recipes include scrumptious ingredients such as raspberries, mangoes, bananas, kale, ginger, chia seeds, almond milk and maple syrup. Yes, maple syrup!

40 Days of Green Smoothies aims to assist readers to develop a daily green smoothie habit, and provides weekly recipe lists for a 6 week period. 40 recipes of green smoothie bliss and healthfulness!

Now I want to share the green smoothie love with two readers.

How to enter

It’s simple. Just leave a comment on this post. That’s all. There are no country restrictions to entry. If you have an email address, you can enter! I particularly encourage regular readers who have not previously commented on the blog, to enter. You know who you are!

How winners are chosen

We will do it the old-fashioned way!

All names will be written on note paper and placed in a hat – one entry per person. The Little Firemen will draw two winners next Sunday afternoon (20 Jan, Australian time).

The winners names will be announced on the blog the next day in my regular Monday recipe post. Each winner will be required to provide their email address (privately), so that I can email the e-book link.

Lost for words?

If you require inspiration for a comment, how about leaving a suggestion for a topic in my A-Z of Veganism series? I require suggestions for letters J to Z. Or you may want to speculate about what Tony Abbott has been up to during the heatwave 😉

Note: This is not a sponsored post. The e-books were purchased with my own funds, specifically for this giveaway. The photos are used with the kind permission of Becky.




About Ally
Mamma. Vegan. I blog at Made of Stars.

29 Responses to Hot! Hot! Hot! [lamenting climate change] and a Giveaway

  1. susykat says:

    This e-book is fantastic, and has ignited my daily green smoothies habit! It helped me to become more versatile with my smoothie recipes. I now use a lot of fruits in my smoothies that I previously would have considered odd – and LOVE it!
    In regards to what Tony Abbott has been up to in the heatwave, I’d like to speculate that he has been giving his nearest and dearest an unwelcome eyeful while strutting around in his tight Speedos. Ughh… haha!

  2. tahinitoo says:

    I’ve been thinking about you, Ally! What a relief to know that you and your family are okay. My fingers are crossed with the hopes that the fires will extinguish soon.

    I agree with you, how are there still people who don’t believe in climate change? Ugh! We can rest our minds knowing thatbwe are doing our part… I just wish the rest of the world would follow suit.

    Thanks for hosting a giveaway! Green smoothies are my favorite and coming up with new combinations is not always easy.

    Try to keep cool. Eat lots of cucumbers!

    • Ally says:

      Hi Amy! Thanks for thinking of me. I’m very touched 🙂
      It is much cooler here today, raining even! I hope the rain is falling in the bush fire areas too.

      Apparently it is just a short reprieve, as the weather is expected to heat up again later in the week.

    • Ally says:

      I had cucumber with my lunch today 😉

  3. Good to hear that your family is safe, but very unfortunate for others, especially all of the abandoned animals! I am always looking for more inspiration when it comes to green smoothies. Sounds like a great book after just looking it up so thanks for sharing 🙂 With so much thought and important info into your A-Z series, it would be awesome to eventually compile an A-Z Vegan book. It would be awesome to see P for Pregnancy: A Vegan Pregnancy.

    • Ally says:

      P for Pregnancy is a great suggestion! I’ve had a few of those! 😉

      I do want to write about vegan pregnancy again. I wrote an article about vegan pregnancy in 2008. Unbeknownst to me, I was very early pregnant with my third child when I wrote it!
      Then I wrote about vegan pregnancy and cravings in 2011. I wasn’t pregnant at the time, but a couple of months later I happily discovered that I was!

      I’m a bit nervous to write about it again 😉 haha!

      A bit of green smoothie inspiration is always welcome.

      I’m happy that you think the A-Z pieces are worthy book material 🙂 I am thrilled!

      • Yes, well I know you would have great things to write about and would reflect a positive view on vegan pregnancy as support for others. Even if what you have already written is somewhat included to be part of your series, otherwise yes you have written some great articles already for people to read though :). It really is cool to stop and see what vegan topics you can come up with from A-Z. Definitely gets you thinking!

      • Ally says:

        Your comment made me smile. Thank you 🙂

  4. I’m totally with you on what you’ve written about the fires, I really feel for you guys at the moment. I live in Central VIC in a high risk area, so I understand completely. I evacuated one day last week 😦

    I’d like to link to your giveaway on my blog if that’s ok? 🙂

  5. The weather is absolutely crazy and I agree, how any can deny climate change is beyond me. So many people are losing their homes and I can’t even bear to think of the poor animals 😦 on a lighter note, smoothies are awesome, I am desperately trying to get my kids to drink more of them!

    • Ally says:

      Hi Liz! It’s crazy, we have rain now and I actually feel cold! Such a contrast to the weekend. How did you and the kids survive the heat?

      I encourage our kids to drink green smoothies. Our 3 year old is the most enthusiastic of the lot. My daughter will drink them because she knows they are good for her but she actually prefers banana smoothies. My 6 year old loved them as a toddler, now he won’t even consider drinking them.
      None of the kids are enthusiastic when I serve up a dark khaki-coloured smoothie! They prefer a vibrant green, or light green, colour.

  6. Christine Waters says:

    Well for the ‘new kid on the block’ I have not even thought of Smoothies for breakfast, let alone ‘green’ ones. Now that I am reading more about them, they sound absolutely wonderful & a welcome change, & as Susykat has mentioned, so many fruits can be added, even the ones Susykat thought were odd combinations. I can’t wait to try.

    • Ally says:

      Hi Chris, welcome to the block 😉 Green smoothies are such a tasty and easy way to consume lots of dark green leafy vegetables. These are such valuable sources of calcium and iron. Kale is very special! It is very nutrient dense. I’m sorry that I didn’t discover it until my 30’s.
      Adding fruit to the smoothie obviously improves its palatability, and nutrient value.
      I have my smoothie in the morning, on an empty stomach. I usually don’t feel hungry for an hour or two after consuming it. I’ll eat something once I feel hungry.
      Green smoothies are also good at that 3pm slump time, instead of coffee!
      We first heard about green smoothies when we started exploring raw food a few years ago.
      Have you got a good blender? We are fortunate to have a high powered blender, but I know that ‘regular’ blenders are sufficient.

    • susykat says:

      Chris, green smoothies are seriously addictive! My skin has been fantastic over the past month or so since I started my morning habit. Over the last week, I have been having them twice a day (morning, and after work). I just love them! 🙂

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  8. thombeed says:

    totally agree with everything you say…. well said…

  9. nicole says:

    Well, as a fellow vegan I’m quite embarrassed to say I have never had a green smoothie!! I’ve never really been game. But as a big admirer of yours Ali, I am keen to start trying them as I trust your word on how delish they can be. Clearly, I need a copy of this book!

    • Ally says:

      Hi Nic!
      Thank you for your kind comment 🙂 I really appreciate it.
      Initially, it can feel confronting to consider drinking dark green leafy vegetables!

      I find that the addition of very ripe bananas helps, as the sweetness counteracts the bitterness of the greens. We have such lovely, sweet bananas available locally- we are lucky.

      Also, you can increase the amount of greens as you adapt to the taste. You can start out with ‘milder’ greens like baby cos and baby spinach. As you get braver, add silverbeet and kale.

      I still use baby spinach and baby cos, and I also add kale or silverbeet. Sometimes I add mint or parsley from the garden. I have been known to toss in half a cucumber, or some Chinese greens.

      I don’t add non-dairy milk to my green smoothies, but many people do. I may try it one day! I know Susykat enjoys smoothies with a dash of non-dairy milk.

      I’m glad you stopped by. 🙂

  10. Xiomara says:

    I saw the fires on the news and the heat wave and thought of you. Would you believe I didn’t know some people didn’t think climate change isn’t real until hurricane sandy happened? Now, im reading a book called, Ecology and Socialism which argues for an alternative system in order to sustain our planet and animal life.

    P.s. Please enter me in your giveaway contest 🙂

  11. Andra Muhoberac says:

    I love what you’ve said here! Keep up the good work. We want the planet to be a good place for your beautiful children to inhabit!

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