New Year, New Focus

Greetings Visitor. Great Basin Creations is going through a major overhaul. The website is transforming to a recipe and lifestyle blog. Stay tuned for exciting and original recipes from the Great Basin Creation kitchen. My focus will be family cooking that is economical and delicious. Target date for launch: April 1, 2019. And no, that’s …

Diet Link Roundup Living

Link Roundup – May, 2019

Link Roundup is a new monthly feature as part of my obsession with helping Boomers adjust to life in our silver years.  Each month I will post a set of links on the final Thursday of the month.  Each posting will be topic driven. With that, welcome to my first Link Roundup. This month’s subject …

Gardening Living

Gardening in the Great Basin

Greetings this fine day in May. Many of our ancestors celebrated the first of May as the beginning of the summer season and with that, gardening in the Great Basin begins.  And its not easy. When I first moved to the area from Anchorage, Alaska, in 2009, I was so excited to start gardening.  Hot …

Greek Meatball Sandwich

As I have mentioned before, we are trying to do the Mediterranean diet here at Starkey’s on the Hill.  Here is my version of pita sandwiches with Greek meatballs with tzatziki sauce.  To be more diet friendly (I served ours with chips) a salad would go great with this sandwich.

Aging Boomer Living

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Greetings!!  This week’s post is about age-related macular degeneration, an eye condition that affects approximately 11 million people in the United States.  According to, macular degeneration is the leading cause of eyesight loss for those of us 60 and older in the United States.  ABOVE: Human eye cross-sectional view (NIH National Eye Institute [Public …

bariatric surgery Diet

Bariatric Surgery, is it Worth it?

Greetings!!  Today’s post is about Bariatric Surgery.   I had vertical gastric sleeve surgery in March 2016 and have lost approximately 70 pounds.  Is it worth it?  For me, yes.  It is a highly personal decision, and one with possible  debilitating  consequences.  One should walk into the surgery with eyes wide open and fully aware of …

Diet Habits Living

Fast Food, Why is it so Good?

Some of us have a relationship with fast food.  We love it.  We crave it.  It is all around us, on the streets we drive and constantly flashed into our brains with commercials on the TV programs we watch. Science is why we keep coming back. Fast food is specifically manufactured to be addicting so …

Vegetable Frittata

Here is an easy one dish meal.  It’s hearty, filling, and full of vegetables.  You can replace any of the vegetables I have used with ones more to your liking.  I like using a broccoli/califlower mix, additionally, spinach and kale go well in a frittata.  This is meat free for our meatless Friday theme I …


What is Great Basin Creations

Welcome to Great Basin Creations.  My name is Jennie, sometimes I refer to myself as Ol’ Ma Starkey.  I am a Boomer, a parent, a person who has spent years finding my “self,” and a caretaker for my aging parents.  This blog will provide everyone with recipes for home cooked meals, food related articles, issues …