When I was offered the opportunity to work with Olivari Olive Oil, I got really excited when I learned that their campaign slogan is: The Little Things Are Everything. I truly believe in this mantra, and think about it quite often actually. I always reflect on the little things in life, and I think doing so gives me clarity when I’m confused about something (or going through my quarter life crisis!).
For me, some of the most important things in life can be summed up into a few categories: Quality time with friends and family, alone time, and tasty food. In that order. :)
I love is spending time with my friends and family. Big trips and adventures are nice, but quality time and just hanging out together are even better. Simply appreciating daily pleasures such as ordering take out with my roommates or sharing funny youtube videos with my parents are the best. And those simple but sweet moments are the moments that always seem to stand out the most for me. Those are the moments that I am so thankful for in life!
I also think that alone time is one of the most basic indulgences that should be recognized more often. I loveeee alone time, and I’m just the sort of person that needs it often. Sometimes I’ll use my time to catch up on the blogs I follow and write emails. Other times I’ll watch an entire season of a TV show back to back, read a book, or whip up a quick snack in the kitchen. Whatever that small amount of time is that I have to myself, I’ll avoid anything I have to do and just do what I want to do. It’s amazing.
Much of this alone time is also revolved around this blog. It’s really soothing for me to think of a fun recipe, create it, and then pull out my camera. There’s something therapeutic about it, and I enjoy having this random little hobby that’s just for me.
What it all dials down to is simplicity. You don’t need fancy objects or lots of money to create these memories–you just need the essentials. The rest is easy!
The same goes with food. The essential ingredients must be simple but significant. Such as this bruschetta (which I learned is pronounced “brus-Ketta” thanks to my Italian co-worker Peppe!). There are only six basic ingredients in the recipe but each of them play a key role in the dish.
The cherry tomatoes provide sweetness, the basil gives it a welcoming aroma, the garlic is minced just enough to add a subtle kick (and rubbed on the bread!), and then a drizzle of rich olive oil and tangy balsamic vinegar come in to bring all of the ingredients together. And of course, the crusty bread is vital. Bread is always necessary! But you knew that…
I really enjoyed using Oliviari’s Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil for this recipe. It has a really nice flavor and there’s a spout that pops up for easy pouring! This bruschetta is the perfect summer dish to enjoy when spending some quality time with loved ones (or during your alone time!). It only takes about 20 minutes to make. Simple. And lovely!
We all have little pleasures that we appreciate in life, and I’m glad I got to share mine today with you! What are the little things that you enjoy?
- 1 Pint organic cherry tomatoes
- Small handful of basil (about 5-6 big leaves), very thinly sliced
- 4 Tablespoon Olivari olive oil, divided
- 3 garlic cloves, divided
- 1 Teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 Baguette
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Cut cherry tomatoes in half and finely mince 1 garlic clove.
- Combine the tomatoes, basil leaves, 2 tb olive oil, minced garlic, balsamic vinegar and salt/pepper in a bowl. Put aside and let sit so the flavors can mix together.
- Slice the baguette into 1 inch slices.
- Put the remaining olive oil (about 2 tablespoons) in a small bowl. Then using a brush, brush the olive oil lightly onto one side of each baguette piece.
- Place the baguette pieces on a baking sheet (olive oil side up) and then in the oven for about 3 mins.
- Remove sheet from oven, flip the pieces over, and brush other side with olive oil. Return to the oven for about 2 mins or until they are just lightly toasted (crunchy on the outside but still soft in the middle).
- Let bread cool for 1 min and then cut the end off of a big garlic clove (so that it has a bigger surface area) and rub the cut end on one side of each piece of the bread.
- Finally, generously top each bread piece with the tomato mixture!
Olivari Olive Oil is celebrating “One Year of Little”. Visit their Facebook page to learn why the little things are everything.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olivari . The opinions and text are all mine.