Announcement

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 …

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 Brightfocus.org, 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 …

Living

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 …

Spring Renewal
Habits Living

Spring, New Habits

Welcome to the end of winter and the beginning of spring.   My tulips and daffodils are popping up out of the ground after a long winter sleep.  Spring is time for renewal, cleaning out the old, creating the new.  During the month of April, I want to talk about habits.  Good habits to create and habits …

Cooking Tips

Leftover Gravy

Just a quick post, no real recipe, but a fantastic tasting gravy I made last night and I thought I would share it with you. I had promised to make my oldest son a new type of eggs benedict before we went fishing yesterday. That recipe will be posted later this week when I make …

Quick and Easy Chicken and Pasta

We all have those nights when we realize we didn’t take anything out of the freezer to cook and you don’t want to order substandard pizza. Here is a recipe for one of those nights.  Boxed pasta salad, can of chicken, frozen veggies, cheese, and greek yogurt (or sour cream).  That’s it.  Served with some …

Beef Vegetable Soup

Yesterday’s special at “Starkey’s on the Hill” was Beef Vegetable Soup for dinner.   Soup is a great way to use up leftovers in the fridge.  I had grilled some short ribs and some tri tip steak last week when the house was full of visiting family.  I placed the leftovers into the freezer with soup …

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