I remember the first day I saw each of their faces. Eclare was an 8th grader on my McLean lacrosse team and came up to me asking if she could be #55 for her father. Conor had just entered the high school at Landon where he now teaches. Kerry and Alison approached me after EClare’s first lacrosse game asking if I ever house sat. And Cullen came across the gym field after football on the day that I first house sat them all with a big grin on his face, “Maggie?” That was the first of many nights spent with the Cassidys, whether Alison was in town or not. I miss them so much every day. Cullen and Conor have both visited my stomping grounds here. I once made a 24-hour trip from Switzerland when Johns Hopkins and Hofstra were playing, and it would be the only time the boys played against each other. When I return to DC, the place where I grew up, it is their house that is my home base.
Birthdays at River Falls usually meant three things: tacos, a wind-up Happy Birthday music box, and Grasshopper Pie. Alison also wisely made it for Conor’s baby blue tux Senior Prom. And so, when deciding what to make for Christmas dinner with the Johnsons last year, this was the most logical choice.
Funny that my adopted family here also has two boys and two girls. They loved the Grasshopper Pie, and I’m making it again this year for our new tradition.
1/4 cup melted butter
2 cup heavy cream, whipped
1/3 cup creme de menthe
1 jar (7 oz) marshmallow creme
~ Place cookies in food processor and spin until all are crumbled.
~ In another bowl, mix the cookie crumbs and the melted butter.
~ Line a 10" pie plate or 9" springform pan saving a bit for garnish if you'd like.
~ Mix the rest of the ingredients together and over the crust and freeze.
*Last year, for Christmas with the Johnsons, I covered this with Cool Whip, sprinkled with green and red sugar, and drizzled with chocolate sauce.