I'll definitely look into the clicker. I almost think she will be afraid of the sound though. We'll see, they are usually pretty cheap right?
I'm just hoping someone can tell me if some of her behaviors are Basenji like or if she's just a goofy lovable licky monster
Trust me, once she figures out the sound signals food, she will be very happy to hear it! Yes, clickers are inexpensive. IMO, they are the best way to teach new behaviours, and generally once you start, you will find your dog will enjoy solving the puzzle of what will gain her a reward. Do have a look at the articles so you understand proper use of the clicker and how to begin with it. A couple of good links:
Happy training! (BTW, your girl looks like a real sweetheart!)