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About Pam

Hello and welcome to The Birch Cottage! My name is Pam Baker. I’m married to the most incredible man on the face of the earth, Lenny. Between the two of us we have seven children and ten grandchildren and counting.

The Birch Cottage is a very special place for us. It’s not only where we have the privilege of sharing our creative ideas, recipes, and our home remodeling journey, but we also get to meet incredible people just like you!

I like to think I’m the creative brains behind The Birch Cottage and Lenny is the “master of power tools” {a nickname our grandson gave Lenny}. Together we make quite a team, if I do say so myself.

The Birch Cottage blog was born out of my desire to create an online resource for our growing children.  I’m just sure that one day one of them will wonder what tool they need to refinish a dresser, how to make guacamole or cinnamon rolls, or maybe even how to really clean the bathroom like mom. Then I thought that if this information could be useful to our children, maybe you would find it useful, too.

You may be wondering why our blog is named The Birch Cottage. Well, each summer since my husband was a little boy, his parents and grandparents would travel to Northern Ontario to vacation in a cottage on the French River. The French River is right in the heart of Canadian cottage country.

But the French River is more than a vacation spot to Lenny and me. It truly is the one thing that has brought our family closer together. Sometimes we would camp on the river, which meant no electricity, no cell phones, no TV, no social media – just our family and nature. In fact, when we do stay in a cottage, our children choose not to use their electronics. French River is family time and we love our time on the River!

Just like the French River renews us and gives us inspiration, we hope The Birch Cottage is a place you come to find inspiration, peace and hope: inspiration to be creative, the peace of mind of knowing that everything doesn’t have to be perfect, and hope for a future filled with loving memories of time well spent with family.

Regardless of your reason for visiting The Birch Cottage, we’re really glad you’re here!

From our family to yours…

Pam Baker from The Birch Cottage


Saturday 24th of September 2022


Thank you so much for providing the proportions to make 6 cupcakes from a cake mix! I was looking at my box, and wondering how I might divy up the recipe. Found your website. THANKS! I literally have a husband like yours ..including the beard.. and I made the cupcakes. I have set up some cleaned jam jars with instructions for him so he can make his own when he wants to. He is thrilled. Thank you again, and best wishes for your continued success! Cheri

Pamela Baker

Sunday 25th of September 2022

Thanks, Cheri! So glad this little recipe trick was helpful! Even our daughter, who lives by herself, loves to make small batches of cupcakes using a box of cake mix. Thanks for taking the time to share your comments!

Pam Baker


Wednesday 21st of September 2022

This came up as spam per my software. I'm trying to get the pumpkin pattern and I've got nothing. You might want to check into this as your loosing out on potential subscribers.

Pamela Baker

Wednesday 21st of September 2022

Hi, Jan. I just emailed you a link to the pattern. Would you mind telling me what you were doing exactly when you got the spam notice? And, so you know, patterns (actually all printables) are not available for download directly from The Birch Cottage website. These PDF documents are either emailed directly to you by using the corresponding subscribe form or can be downloaded from the Subscribers Resource Library.

I’m sorry for your experience. The more precise information you can provide, the better I am to troubleshoot this problem. Thanks so very much!

Pam Baker The Birch Cottage

Janice M Wright-Montague

Saturday 30th of July 2022

the printable site dose not let me download page, so i can print potato baking bags and tortilla warmer tags and instructions

Karen Parr

Sunday 24th of July 2022

I am trying to download the dishtowel wrap and cannot seem to do so. I have subscribed.

Pamela Baker

Sunday 24th of July 2022

Hi, Karen. The dish towel wrap is available in the Subscribers Resource Library. I will also email you a link. Hope this helps!

Pam Baker The Birch Cottage


Monday 18th of July 2022

I'm having trouble finding the pattern to print for the 9 x 13 and 8.5 x 8.5 casserole cozies. I've subscribed to the Birch Cottage website. Can you please send the patterns to me?

Pamela Baker

Monday 18th of July 2022

Hi, Julie. If you used the subscribe form on the casserole cozy page, the pattern should have been emailed directly to you.

The pattern is not available for download directly from the website. You can, however, download the pattern from the Subscribers Resource Library.

I will also email you a link to the pattern, just in case.

I hope this helps!

Pam Baker