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This Sunday, the “West End Dinner Group” – located in Ottawa, Canada – got together for a delicious brunch, hosted by the lovely and talented Cheryl Draper.

Cheryl’s brunch menu sounds amazing, and might just inspire you to do a “breakfast for dinner” night this week!  She served:

  •  Paleo-friendly pancakes (This recipe was recently tested on members of the Betaspring group while Cheryl was in Providence, to rave reviews.  Everyone liked it so much that Cheryl has shared the recipe with us, which she says is super easy – see below!)
  •  Watermelon basket with a full fruit platter
  •  Croissants, blueberry muffins, cinnamon twists
  • Peach cobbler (This dish was courtesy of Cheryl’s friend.)

The vibe at the party was very casual – everyone was in a good mood and several people brought their kids along, who played in the background as everyone caught up and told stories.

This group is based around a circle of good friends and is expanding to “friends of friends,” so several new connections are being made within a trusted group.  Many people had been so busy that they hadn’t been able to catch up with each other in awhile, which made the event particularly special.


Paleo-Friendly, Super Easy Banana Almond Blueberry Pancakes

Makes 8-9 small pancakes


2 Ripe Bananas

1 Egg

1-2 Tablespoon Almond Butter

Fresh Blueberries


1. Mash bananas in a bowl until smooth

2. Add egg and almond butter, mix until blended and smooth

3. Heat pan on medium heat (helpful tip:  use cooking spray to prevent sticking)

4. Pour small discs of batter onto pan

5. Add blueberries as the pancakes cook on one side.

6. Flip when the batter begins to form small bubbles on the surface and cook other side until done

7. Enjoy!