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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

Ruth Gray

Wednesday 12th of January 2022

About your eggnog muffins, in reading the recipe, it says to "add the butter", yet butter is NOT listed in the ingredients. much butter is needed???

Thanks, I always read your blog and enjoy it. Ruth Gray


Saturday 8th of January 2022

Pam & Lenny!

Happy New Year!! Love your story and love your blog!



Sunday 26th of December 2021

I made the 9 X 13 casserole cozy from your pattern. Easy to follow instructions and demos. Just love them.I am making them for the family and friends.

Pamela Baker

Sunday 26th of December 2021

Oh, Linda! I'm so glad you liked them!!


Sunday 19th of December 2021

I tried making your casserole dish cozie. Sadly, when I was finished it didn't fit a 9 x 13" pan. It does fit a 12 x 7" pan so it isn't a total waste. So then I measured your pattern. From dart to fold it measures 3.75" in width (or 3.75 x 2 = 7.5" wide) so there's no way it would fit a 9" wide pan. The 1" scale was correct on my printer. Are there supposed to be seam allowances added or is the pattern simply incorrect?

Pamela Baker

Sunday 26th of December 2021

Hi, Mary. I'm so sorry you had a problem with the pattern. I actually made the pattern using 1/4" seam allowance to fit an Anchor Hocking casserole dish. Not all casserole dishes are made the same way. Some have angled sides and some have straight sides. I highly recommend you print out two copies of the pattern, tape them together as indicated and dry fit the pattern to your particular casserole dish. This way you can make any adjustments to the pattern as you deem necessary. If you need to make the pattern larger, I would recommend you add to the middle of the pattern.

I hope this helps! I'm sorry for your frustration. Please give my recommendations a try and see if that helps. If you need more help, don't hesitate to leave me a comment and I'll see what I can do. Thanks, again!


Saturday 4th of December 2021

The Dawn used in the sugar scrub seems to be unavailable. Have you made it with something else.

Pamela Baker

Saturday 4th of December 2021

Hi, Sharon. From what I understand that particular formula of Dawn isn’t available in all areas. I have made the scrub using regular Dawn with great results. I would recommend you try a small batch of whatever product you decide to try. Please let me know what you use and how it turns out!

Pam Baker The Birch Cottage