First of all, I’d like to say THANK YOU from both Justin & Shannon and everyone here at Fortune Cookie Soap. We always say we have the BEST customers and can’t do what we love with out you. We truly appreciate each and every one of you. <3
We have been listening carefully to your feedback, and are making some changes to our monthly box for the coming year ahead, which we are very excited to share with you.
As of right now, we are having a custom page built for the new box that will reflect all the upcoming changes. We don’t have an exact ETA for it but hope that it will be up and running soon. You will get an email once it’s ready, so keep an eye out for that!
Below is an outline of those changes. Scroll down for more FAQ's
FCS of The Month for 2019
Four Season’s Option
Annually $186.45/ year - that’s 1 month free! (Auto billed annually)
We appreciate that this is a very big change, and know that this won’t be a perfect fit for everyone. I do hope that you give it a chance and know that we we intend to do all we can to make FCS better and better for you. Bring on the new year!
Justin & Shannon
If you are like me, you love some soosh! If you go out for sushi, it is definitely a treat!
If you have 4 kids that like sushi, it is a rarity.
In order to get my fix, and not spend too much time or money on it, I started making "Lazy Sushi". Here are the steps it takes to create a couple of salmon rolls. I used riced cauliflower for this as I have been trying to do fewer carbs.
First Step- (using riced Cauliflower) Get frozen riced cauliflower (super cheap at Trader Joe's or Costco). Lightly cook in pan over med/low heat with a little sesame oil. Be careful not to use more than you want as it is strong stuff and can overpower. I start out with 1/8 tsp, and go from there. As soon as it is cooked throughly and moisture has evaporated, sprinkle with a little salt, put in a little rice wine vinegar, then remove it from heat and put on plate.
Allow to come to room temperature for approx 30 minutes.
Next- Gather your tools. I used Costco smoked salmon, nori sheets (target, or walmart), chili sauce, cucumbers, cream cheese, match stick carrots, avocado, and bell pepper. This is just what I had on hand in the fridge.
If you go out to sushi, they will be using fresh sushi grade salmon. I like the ease of this, and I use only about half the package for 3 rolls which makes it reasonably priced.
OK, now get a sushi mat. This pictured below is a charger that we had in the china cabinet. I've had a lot of sushi mats, but for some reason the kids seem to use them as swords and break them. So this is a "make the most of what you have" situation.
Now, get out a piece of nori and lay it on top of a piece of parchment paper. If you are using a real sushi mat and rice combo, you typically wrap the mat in Saran wrap to prevent sticking. I like using parchment paper as it maintains its structure, and doesn't stick. Saran wrap sticks all over itself, and you end up waving your arms around like a cat with a sticker stuck to its paw.
Put a little rice/cauliflower on the nori sheet. Leave room up top.
Put a little row of your ingredients on top of the cauliflower.
Now, this is the hardest part, but once you do it a couple of times.. you're good. Grab the mat/parchment that is closest to you, and fold the nori over itself. Once the nori is over itself and all the ingredients are in the middle, give it a squeeze really so all the ingredients go together. Move your hands around and give it a little squeeze on the entire roll so it forms a tight log.
There should be a little extra little tab of nori. Take your finger and place a bead of water on it, then finish the roll and it will stick to itself.
You are free to stop there, or take it up a step. I added more of the salmon on top of the nori. You could also put avocado on top too.
Cut in half
Put halves together and make 3 slices through both lengths. This will give you 8 pieces. Be sure to use a sharp knife. A dull knife will rip apart your rolls, and make you realize that you need to work on your patience and cussing.
Mix together some mayo, sriracha, and a couple drops of sesame oil. No real measurements here, just start with a little sriracha, then add mayo until its the consistency you like.
Put rolls on plates and top with a little of your sauce. Hit it with a drop of Sriracha, and sprinkle some sesame seeds on it.
Boom! Lazy Day Sushi. (aka recovering from a minor medical procedure and taking it easy :p)
Do you ever feel overwhelmed, out of control, unable to make simple decisions, grasping to control anything because everything is out of spinning out of control in your life? Unfortunately, this feeling is not new to me. Being a husband, dad, business owner etc.. takes a ton of thought and energy. I sometimes feel like I suck equally at everything because I'm not good at anything. This is mainly because I lose my priorities. If you don't learn how to balance life or thoughts especially.. they can make you feel like they are smothering you. I wanted to share my thoughts on this as I think some of you may be able to relate.
When I feel like am trying to control everything and I'm overwhelmed its time for me to think small. I moved to Oklahoma 15 years ago from southern CA. I missed In-n-out, and "The Hat" pastrami sandwiches, the LA lifestyle, and that's about it.. or so I thought. I really missed surfing, and honestly, I didn't know why because I am a horrible surfer, in the surfing world anyways. After I received a hambord classic skateboard for my birthday I realized what it was.
Surfing made me feel small.
Not necessarily in stature, but in the priority in the world. And this is a wonderful thing. Imagine sitting on a little floating board and looking out in the vast ocean and you see nothing but horizon and water. All of a sudden this dolphin swims by you, and you pray it's not a shark. You realize that you're really insignificant to your surroundings as you spring your legs on top of your styrofoam board giving you a false sense of safety. As you look back towards the horizon, a rising mound of water comes creeping towards you from the abyss.
You turn and face the land and begin to paddle your little arms as fast as you can. The mound quickly lifts you up to the top so you are looking down on what seems like a two-story fall. You slowly try and stand up and... smash! You crash headfirst into the concrete feeling water and begin flipping and twisting underwater for what seems like minutes.
When you finally stop, you begin frantically swimming to the surface only to realize that you're now hitting the bottom with your hand. Well, "crap" (there's a good chance my mind says something else here) you say to yourself and begin swimming towards the surface. You finally break through the water a take a huge gasping breath and smash... The next wave breaks right on top of your head feeling like someone dropped a Volkswagen bug directly on you. That cycle can happen a few times if you happen to time it wonderfully like I seem to do.
Finally, you are close enough into shore to realize that it's time to stand up, slowly walk your exhausted body in the sand and eat a bologna and miracle whip sandwich (don't judge).
This was the defeated feeling I had towards surfing for around a year, until that day.. That wonderful day where I looked down on that water below, I quickly grabbed the sides of my board, sprung to my feet and raced down the face of that wave. As I was being pushed on top of that water, I saw the wall of that wave right next to me. I touched it slowly with my fingertips and I could just feel the beautiful massive power in it. At this time, I felt an indescribable deep joy, not only with the sense of accomplishment that I had; but just a contentment and happiness in life. I felt... "this is what it's for". Nothing else mattered, nor will ever matter. That moment was all that ever mattered. It is the feeling that I have always chased in life after that day.
A wave is this massive force that is uncontrollable to you as the surfer. It's just going to do what it does and you have no say in it. With a lot of practice, you finally get to a place where you can use its power for something useful to you. Surfing now is like a metaphor for life for me. The only way you get good at it is by going through it. You start out surfing in the whitewater (which is the wave after it has crashed and is going into the shore). Next, you attempt to paddle through the white water only to realize that you can't even make it passed the waves crashing against you. After you learn timing, navigating and technique there, you can start to begin to learn to surf. Then there's that ball game described above. You never get that day until you have gone through it all. You've gained strength, wisdom, failures, successes and a high ability to hold your breath.
Ever since that season in my life. That is my high that I will always chase. I realize that anything worth pursuing is going to be tough. I want to quit, I want to cuss, I am pissed half the time, but I realize that it's only a wave that I can't control, I just need to learn to ride it. I realize that the world is bigger than me, and my impact makes a significant difference to only a very few. However, those few will stick with me through everything and not get mad when I drop the ball. When I get overwhelmed, I make myself feel small. Now, I'll go ride my bike, or ride my skateboard "surfboard" because it reminds me that I can't control things, I just want to ride them out.
You may have heard by now that the Winter soap box will be our last quarterly soap box. We started the Soap Box a little more than 5 years ago and have had a blast with it, but now that we have a monthly box as well, the time has come for us to focus on just one box and do it better than ever!! Plus, this will give us more time to do other fun things!
Why are we getting rid of the quarterly box?
In an effort to focus all our energy on providing the best possible box, we are merging the quarterly box concept into the FCS of the Month Box. For example, we’ll still have a seasonal box four times a year (spring, summer, fall, winter) but it will be part of the FCS of The Month Box.
Are there still going to be Launch parties?
Good question! We haven’t quite figured what that looks like yet. We’ll more than likely do a combination of the VIP party and a launch party.
What’s going to happen to the big seasonal collections? (spring, summer, winter, fall) Those will continue, but the products will be tied to the Monthly Box products as opposed to the Quarterly boxes.
Can I still sign up for the last quarterly box?
Yes, the last day to sign up is Oct. 31st.
What if I only want the seasonal boxes?
Good news! This box is totally customizable. Unlike our other system, you have complete control over your account, and which boxes you want. Once you sign up, you have the ability to pre-select which boxes you want for the entire year. (For example, if you’re not a fan of pumpkins, you can skip the fall box, whereas you didn’t have that option before with the quarterly box)
Do I need to cancel my quarterly subscription?
No, we’ll take care of it on our end.
What does $28 (+shipping) get you?
$60 worth of products. Each box will be a variety of full and deluxe sample size products. We have a lot more creative freedom with this box and are looking forward to doing lots of fun things with it this next year!
Does this box come with a discount code?
It does not come with a discount code in it, however, with The Monthly Box, you will receive loyalty points that can be redeemed for discount codes.
If I don’t want a box, do I have to cancel?
Nope, you simply have to skip it when you log into your account.
...for the third time in 12 months. Yay? In true FCS fashion, the soap box just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Like, scary big. This new warehouse is three times as big as the one we're in now - here's hoping we get to stay here for a bit. :)
So, I had really hoped we could get moved into our new space before the fall launch that's just not going to happen. It's ok. Patience is a virtue , right?
There's enough room for us to move all soap production to the new warehouse. Our tiny store is busting at the seams right now and moving the soap making to the warehouse will give us the space to set up two shipping stations at the store -- that's right, TWICE AS FAST TAT!! I for one am ready for that!
To the left is the cs office and full kitchen (what?!) and bathroom.
There's a second bathroom with a shower, talk about product testing at work!
When you email our cs girls, you can picture them here chatting with you! ^^
Moving day is Sept 3rd - any local Fortune Freaks want to come help us "move for soap"? :D