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My little buddy turned 6 years old and received the royal treatment complete with a hot tray of cowboy cookies. We discovered these cookies after reading Kate DiCamillo’s Leroy Ninker Saddles Up last summer. It’s about a man who wants to be a cowboy and falls in love with a horse. The first question from the girls – what do cowboys eat? The only thing that came to my mind at the time – cowboy cookies. Their next question – can we make them? Am I glad I checked to see if cowboy cookies were a real thing before just making something up. As it turns out, cowboy cookies are a thing and they’re delicious even when veganized and gluten free-ized. They’re also a gateway concoction cookie. With a chewy foundation of the right butter, sugar, oats and flour ratio, the gals go nuts on the add-ins.

After two weeks of cringing at the news and an anxious return to NYC via JFK airport, spending a few hours with happy children was like basking in a pocket of light.

They love learning. They love reading and math. They’re always building something or making messes in the name of scientific curiosity. They adore their public school and the teachers who work so hard to help them grow.

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Cowboy cookies. What better way to celebrate Republicans backing off from selling 3.3 million acres of public land?

Calls make a difference.

Kids in public schools deserve a champion on their side and Betsy DeVos doesn’t have the ability or the will to hold that honor. If you haven’t called your representative to oppose Betsy DeVos, now’s the time. This morning, with a vote of 52 to 48, the Senate voted to advance her to a final confirmation vote, possibly on Monday. Pence breaks a tie so there’s an additional seat to flip. 202-225-3121

If you’re in Maine or Alaska, your Republican Senators need a bigger push. Both Collins and Murkowski have said they intended to vote against Devos, but this morning they voted to advance the confirmation.

Call your Representative.

Call your Senator.

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