Yee haw!

There doesn't seem to be much common sense left in the world—at least not in the big cities full of people crowding each other out. But if you stop a moment and think of the cowboy way of life, things seem to simplify a bit.

Take Brian Dalton, for instance. He's a busy man as the facilities manager for Gibbs Smith. But he recognizes the importance of taking things in their own time, appreciating small moments.

Now those who want to learn a bit more of cowboy wisdom should take a look at the books right there beside Brian. Common Sense. That's what the display says, and that's what these books offer.

Among the sage advice:
Don't Squat with Your Spurs On (Excellent advice if you ask me.)
Never Ask a Man the Size of His Spread (Plus, I really don't want to know.)
Sit Down, Shut Up, and Hang On (I'm in for a wild ride.)
Cow Chips Aren't for Dipping (If only someone would have told me that sooner.)
Don't Whiz on an Electric Fence (Yowza, that'll sting.)
Just One Fool Thing After Another (You never know when it comes to dealing with the opposite sex.)
Don't Dig for Water Under an Outhouse (Someone ought to tell the planning commission.)

Spread a little bit of common sense this coming year and see if we can't make a difference. If not, it's always good for a laugh.

Now, a cowboy like Brian requires hearty grub. His favorite? Mountain Man Breakfast cooked in a Dutch oven. While Brian uses his own secret recipe, fear not, because 101 Things to Do with a Dutch Oven provides a delicious variation.

Mountain Man Breakfast
Dutch oven size: 12-inch

1 pound bacon
1 pound sausage
2 packages (24 ounces each) frozen southern-style hash browns (not shredded)
1 container (8 ounces) sour cream
4 eggs, beaten
1 pound grated sharp cheddar cheese

Brown bacon and sausage in Dutch oven. Stir in has browns about 5 minutes before they are done. Cover and let cook 5 minutes, or until eggs are cooked through. When done, remove lid and sprinkle cheese over top. Replace lid until cheese melts. Makes 20 servings.

Dig in and enjoy!

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