Our 15 Minutes of Fame & the Recipe for Rolly Bonks {Take Me To Your Mother}

by This is Carrie on May 23, 2013

Back in the fall, comedian, Andrea Rosen and her camera crew came over to chat with me, my mom and my sister about motherhood for her new show “Take Me to Your Mother”. During the casting process, they were looking for “Mormon Moms” and asked us in our audition tape to not only share some mothering advice but to also tell them what it means to be a “Mormon Mom” (you can see part of the audition video HERE –  It’s a video I will always cherish and I am so glad my mom, sister and I were able to make this together). At some point, the show became less about our religion and more about our supposed efficiency based on the amount of children we have. It’s funny because I’ve never considered myself as efficient. It’s more about learning to let go of things that don’t matter to you to make room for things that do.  Having four kids has pretty much forced this lesson upon me and I’m thankful for that even when it means having cupboards that vomit baking pans.

The kids loved all the attention and were fascinated by the process (except for the baby who woke up sick that morning….maybe because he gets bathed so infrequently…hee hee).  But they were a little bummed that we actually never went mountain biking. They even got dressed up in their Team Sparkle skirts (the only appropriate biking gear in their eyes)! I was a little bummed they caught me eating on camera during the lunch break. Those tricky cameramen. At least they didn’t get the bare bum of my son as he dropped his pants entirely to pee in the bushes in front of the whole crowd.

The episode finally aired last week & will continue to air on NickMom, but you can also check out the episode HERE.

Scroll down for the recipe to my all-time favorite comfort food & long time family tradition: Rolly Bonks

(calligraphy art by Melissa Esplin – given to everyone in our family to hang in their kitchen as a reminder that family traditions are important)

The Famous Rolly Bonk Recipe {aka tuna croquettes}

1 1/3 cups instant rice
1 can solid packed tuna or 2 cans regular tuna drained
1 cup grated cheese
1 can cream of mushroom soup divided (or cream of chicken)
1 egg separated
Crushed corn flakes


Cook rice according to package directions. Add 1/2 can of soup, tuna, yoke of an egg, and cheese. Mix. Beat egg white with a little water. Roll rice mixture into 2.5″ balls, roll ball in egg white, and then in corn flake crumbs. Deep fry in hot oil until lightly brown. Mix remaining soup with 1/2 can of milk or water. Spoon over Rolly Bonks.


{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Melanie May 23, 2013 at 5:08 pm

What a fun video! I can’t decide if my favorite part was when the pans fell out or when there was silence after the book question…too funny! :-)


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May 24, 2013 at 5:40 pm

How fun!! Tuna and cornflakes sounds interesting, haha. I’ll have to try it out!


Cindy May 26, 2013 at 9:30 pm

That was really funny Carrie. I may be incorporating the laundry basket technique. 4 is the new 8. So true.


Alison May 29, 2013 at 7:56 pm

This was so fun to watch! I used to bathe my kids only once a week but now they literally roll in mud everyday so it happens more often, sometimes I just hose them off.

Again, it was so great to see such cheerful mothers – you, your mom and sister were radiant!


Brenda June 13, 2013 at 8:49 pm

Thank you for representing Mormons well! I new all the Moms on this episode were LDS before reading it here, and thank you for showing what great, normal moms you (we) are.


Brittany July 30, 2013 at 7:21 pm

I can’t wait to try this recipe! I loved seeing you all on that show. It reminded me of my mom and sisters.


chrissy September 13, 2013 at 7:16 pm

So happy to see I’m not the only mom who does the laundry basket method. So much easier with 4 kids


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