Everyone who knows me knows of my unabiding and deep love of all things Starbucks. I just can’t make my misto at home the way they do. The only thing I’m not in love with is their food.

I know they have some lower calorie options, but those are not the things I want to eat. (Plus, it doubles the cost of the trip.)

Here is my favorite fall snack, which is low on calories, super easy to make, oh and delicious.

Easy Pumpkin Muffins

Serves: 24
24 muffins

1 (18 ounce) box spice cake mix
15 ounces pumpkin
3/4 cup water

1.Mix all ingredients in mixer.

2.Makes 24 muffins.

3. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350°F.

Continuing the pumpkin theme, here is the table decor we are going to be sporting this fall.

Pumpkin Votive Holders


Use a mini-drill the grind out the centers of the pumpins to the side of the votive.

Use unsented votives in the pumpkins if you will be placing them on a dinner table.

You can also float several pumpkins in a shallow bowl for a great cluster effect.

(This also works with apples, and you won’t need a drill, just a paring knife and a spoon.)

How are you going to decorate this fall? Anything special this season?



Kathi Lipp is the author of 17 books including Overwhelmed, Clutter Free, The Get Yourself Organized Project, The Husband Project, Happy Habits for Every Couple, and I Need Some Help Here – Hope for When Your Kids Don’t Go According to Plan. She is the host of Clutter Free Academy the Podcast! with Kathi Lipp and speaks at conferences across the US. Kathi is published with Revell Publishers and Harvest House Publishers.

She and her husband Roger are the parents of four young adults in San Jose, CA. When she’s not dating her husband or hanging out with her puggle Jake, Kathi is speaking at retreats, conferences and women’s events across the US.

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