Monthly Archives: September 2011

It’s Never Too Late To Learn!!!

I never realized how true the saying “Knowledge is Power” was until I decided to go back to school at the age of 25. Let me give you some comparisons between attending college in Southern California at the age of 18 fresh off the boat from Oklahoma vs. attending college in Southern California after owning a business and returning to school at the age of 25.

18-year-old student priorities:

  • Which Frat is having the best Thurs night party this week?
  • How do you make jello shots??
  • Must never miss an episode of “The OC”
  • Which 10 pictures will I put on MySpace?
  • What’s the theme party this weekend and where will I get my outfit for it?
  • What time does the train leave for Tijuana?
  • I wonder if I’ll see that cute guy from Theater class out this weekend…. oh yeah, class!

It all looked a little something like this:

25-year-old priorities:

  • Must get to class at least 15 minutes early to get a front row seat.
  • How many study groups can I fit into my schedule this week?
  • Are there any additional reading materials recommended for the class?
  • Must make Honor Roll every semester.
  • Coffee is the most consumed beverage in my diet.

It looks a little more like this:

Don’t mind the “Brithny” on the cup. Even if my name were “Brittany” (which I think is what he was going for), I have never met a “Brittany or Britney” that spells their name with an H!!! Maybe that guy needs to go back to school also ūüėČ None the less, going back to school was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life to this point. When you’re giving up time and money that could be spent working, furthering your career, traveling or spending time with friends to go back to school full-time¬†and finish your degree it’s much different than going to school straight out of high school because that was your ticket out of Oklahoma and your parents told you that you had to. You have so much real life experience to guide you to understanding what and why you are learning something.

Obviously, there are many people out there that are more focused their first time around and don’t need that second bat at it. But, if you are someone like me who majored in “Frat Parties” instead of “Business” your first time around, go back and get your education on, it’s never too late to learn, whether you are 25, 45 or 98. No seriously, if you haven’t heard the story yet, let me tell you about a man named George Dawson.

George was the grandson of African-American¬†slaves and the son of a farmer. He worked his whole life beginning at the age of 8 without ever learning how to read. At the age of 98 George met a retired teacher by the name of Carl Henry who began picking George up every morning and taking him to school to teach him how to read. (I’m not sure who I love more in this story, George or Carl!!) At the age of¬† 102 George became a best-selling author with his book “Life is So Good”. I believe whole-heartedly in George’s motto “It’s Never Too Late to Learn”.¬† With hard work and determination¬†anything is possible!! Just think back to Mr Dawson if you ever think you can’t do¬†something and remember that it’s never too late to learn, to change careers or to do something amazing!!!

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip combines spicy buffalo chicken between layers of cheese for a perfect party snack served with chips, veggies or a sliced baguette!

Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe

I will forever be indebted to my beautiful girlfriend Lindsay for introducing me to “Buffalo Chicken Dip” at her BBQ this summer!

Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip

I was already OBSESSED with boneless buffalo wings before this magical summer day but after that I had a new way and another reason to eat one of my favorites!!

Buffalo Chicken Dip with Blue Cheese

As I planned my “Gameday Grub” menu I knew I had to include this dip¬†because what goes better with football than wings? ¬†Ok, maybe beer, but we’re talking food here, so I’m sticking with wings!

This recipe is a great way to get the yummy wing-ness without all the mess!

Buffalo Chicken Dip Ingredients

Ingredients (serves 6)

  • 3 cups cooked and shredded¬†chicken breasts
  • 1 cup buffalo sauce
  • 16 oz cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup bleu cheese dressing
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese (grated)
  • 1/4 cup bleu cheese (crumbled)

Begin preparing the dip by combining the shredded chicken and buffalo sauce in a medium bowl.

Next, pre-heat the oven to 350¬į.

In a small-to-medium size casserole dish combine and spread the cream cheese and bleu cheese dressing in the bottom.

Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe

Next, place the buffalo chicken on top.

Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe

Finally top with the cheddar cheese and bleu cheese crumbles.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Now it’s time to get it¬†in the oven and start melting that delicious, buffalo cheesy dip together!

Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Now you have a couple of options on how to serve this scrumptious little dip.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

I served mine with a sliced baguette, as well as veggies for a healthier option.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

There were also chips and slider buns hanging around that people could use to make this into a true chip-and-dip situation or little buffalo chicken sliders.

Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe

‚ô£¬†Vegetarian Option:¬†Substitute ‚Äúveggie crumbles‚ÄĚ for the shredded chicken.

‚ô¶ Gluten Free Option: Serve with vegetables or corn tortilla chips to make this recipe gluten free.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Serving Size: 6-8

Buffalo Chicken Dip


  • 3 cups cooked and shredded chicken breasts
  • 1 cup buffalo sauce
  • 16 oz cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup bleu cheese dressing
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese (grated)
  • 1/4 cup bleu cheese (crumbled)


  1. Begin preparing the dip by combining the shredded chicken and buffalo sauce in a medium bowl.
  2. Next, pre-heat the oven to 350¬į.
  3. In a small-to-medium size casserole dish combine and spread the cream cheese and bleu cheese dressing in the bottom.
  4. Next, place the buffalo chicken on top.
  5. Finally top with the cheddar cheese and bleu cheese crumbles.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Gameday Grub

Saturday I had the great honor of hosting¬†more than¬†20 Oklahoma peeps at my house in LA for the OU vs Florida State game!!!¬† In case you live under a rock (or aren’t a football fan) OU was victorious 23-13 and celebration was not lacking at my house!

Beverages were spilled, cheerleading uniforms were worn, country music was played and best of all… food was eaten!¬† Now there are upsides and downsides of being a food blogger!

Upsides: people come to me for recipe ideas (I love giving advice!) and I get to come up with new recipes to put on LLB. Downsides: I put a lot of pressure on myself to come up with an amazing menu for every event or dinner and I must execute it to perfection!

On Thursday I began my search for the perfect menu for Saturday. Trying to feed that many hungry Sooner fans with delicious, amazing food that can be prepared before game time… a little tricky! My food is important, but there was no way I was missing¬†one¬†minute of this game!¬† So here it is, the perfect “Gameday Grub” menu:

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  • Pumpkin Cupcakes

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Somehow I made all of this happen, while taking pictures along the way and was on the couch, beverage in hand, ready for the game at kick-off!

I hope this post helped you get some great ideas for your “Gameday Grub”!!!

Meet the “Food-er Truck-et”

The “Food-er Truck-et” is what happens when you combine a Farmers Market with Food Trucks (sounded better than Fard¬†Mucks) and what a glorious combination it is. Taking two of my favorite things in the world and bringing them to one place at¬†one time, this must be Christmas come early! And you’re going to add a beautiful view AND¬†live music?!? Get out of here! Welcome to the Yamashiro Farmers Market.

This glorious event happens every Thursday throughout the summer. Luckily my bff Miss Erin told me about this event last week just before¬†it was too late!¬†Although I love me a good Farmers Market, E and I headed straight for the food trucks, we were hungry and Lasagna Cupcakes were calling our name… yes I said lasagna cupcakes, combining two more of my favorite things.. I’m in!

Wow this creative combination was delicious! There were many varieties but we picked the braised short rib and onion, something totally unique that you wouldn’t expect to find in lasagna or a cupcake! The meat was tender and juicy, combined with the layers of “lasagna noodles”, so good! The Heirloom LA truck delivered!

And this wasn’t the only delicious item Heirloom LA was serving up… check out their¬†eclectic¬†menu of creative Italian yumminess!

So we added the mushroom risotto balls because what goes better with a lasagna cupcake than risotto balls?? The crispy beef ravioli was calling my name too, but I’ll have to save this one for my next trip to the HeirloomLA truck. Afterall, this is our first of 4 trucks!

So onto the next one… the Global Soul “Street Eats” truck!

To maximize our food trial space in the belly we’ve spent hours plotting a phenomenal strategy (OK, maybe not hours, but it’s such a good plan it could have taken hours!) Basically we order the smallest¬†item’s on each menu so we can try a variety of amazing things¬†on our quest for¬†the very best food truck item in the world!!! (Or at least the greater Los Angeles area)

So here we had the “Babylon Taco” and the “Bistro Mini”… Babylon taco: Mid-East Spiced Chicken, Chipotle Cream, Cilantro and Cucumber.. YUM!

And the Bistro Mini: Beef slider with cheese, carmelized onions, tomato and house sauce. House sauce definitely had a kick! This is what I like to call a burger with a view!

While E was ready for dessert I couldn’t pass up a “Best of the Wurst”¬† beef and pork jalapeno bratwurst.. spicy, meaty, delicious!

Ok, now it’s time for dessert… back to the Farmers Market we head to “Cobbler-Mania” for an apple cobbler with ice cream… but the decision on apple was not an easy one! Strawberry-Rhubarb, Peach, Strawberry-Mango, Blueberry-Peach, oh the decisions!

It came down to an intense “Rock, Paper, Scissors”… Yes, this is actually how we¬†chose our¬†cobbler flavor.. and honestly I think I’m going to start making all my tough life decisions this way, so much easier than taking the time to make a logical decision based on pros and cons, rights and wrongs, what’s best for the future, all this is way¬† too complicated… Is it possible to play “Rock, Paper, Scissors” with your right hand against your left hand?? Anyway, the cobbler… YUM!

Yes you could take the leftovers home… wait, what leftovers?!?!?

E and Whit: 1 Cobbler: 0 … best of the night… I’m going to call it a tie between the mushroom risotto balls and the apple cobbler!

The Spaghetti Sauce Incident of 2011

Sometimes you have to embarrass yourself for the happiness of others. In this case, Me: embarrassed, You: happy.

A¬†week ago today I was hustling and bustling around town to get about 1 million errands done in which I had time for app. 1/2 of¬†1¬†of them. Luckily Target now has the added convenience of their nice new “Market Pantry” grocery department. Yes, I realize in Oklahoma, Texas, pretty much everywhere with land you have “Super Targets” but those of us living in the concrete jungle spend 45 minutes driving 3 miles to Target, then pay $2 to park in a structure and are excited about the fact that there is now a small grocery section!!! Yes, I am jealous of you all and your “Super Targets” if you had not already picked up on that ūüėČ Needless to say the added grocery element that day knocked out my stop at both Target and a Grocery Store so I was happy about that.

As I arrived I knew I only had about 15 minutes to get in and out so I did the old “I don’t have enough¬†time to buy enough stuff to fit in a cart so I should get a basket to encourage myself to quit shopping when the basket is full” trick.¬† Don’t look at me like that, I know you have all done it, but it never works out that way. You then end up being the person that has to ask for a cart because your basket is now over-flowing, or you are this person, me, the person that continues to carry my over-flowing basket filled with a gallon of milk, 1/2 gallon of OJ and pretty much the heaviest items I could possibly find in the grocery section. Now that I have realized my small, yet mighty arms can’t bare¬†to hold the basket anymore I know that it is time to head for the check-out stands. I grab my last item, a jar of red pepper flakes, just in case you were curious, pick up my 75 lb basket and head from the very back of the store (this is relevant, I promise) towards the check our lanes.¬† One step in and spaghetti sauce flys¬†out of the basket, hits the shelves, lid flys off, spaghetti sauce all over the floor and wait for it, wait for it, I’m not going to slip and fall, I’m not going to slip and fall, yes actually I am going to slip and fall face down in the spaghetti sauce in the middle of target. Let me paint a little picture for you.

Target employees, customers, hungry animals come running and here I lay thinking “well that’s going to leave a bruise”… and it did.

But don’t you worry, the Target employee’s first priority was to replace that jar of sauce (because that was definitely what I was worried about at the moment). The culprit:

They then proceeded to walk me through the entire store (I told you the fact that I was in the very back of the store was relevant), one Target employee pushing a cart with my basket of grocery’s inside and myself dripping in spaghetti sauce, praying not to slip again on my way to the bathroom. We¬†proceeded to the front of the store where I then washed myself in the Target bathroom sinks, but of course being eco-friendly Targ√©t there were only hand dryers in the bathroom, no paper towels, so I now had to make my way to the in-store Pizza Hut sopping wet to ask for napkins. If only I had listened to the Target ad…

Yes, this was literally the ad from this Sunday.

My LA Escape Place

For those of you reading this blog who know me well, you know my feelings about LA… if you don’t know me, these are not those warm-happy-mushy feelings like you get when eating a fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie, this is more the feeling of dunking that cookie into a glass of bad milk and tasting nothing but sourness once it hits your lips.¬† But since this blog is only about those warm-happy-mushy feelings I’m here to tell you about the one place in LA that actually gives me those feelings, Runyon Canyon. I can’t remember my first time at Runyon Canyon, but I can tell you that I’ve been hundreds of times since.¬† Right smack in the middle of Hollywood you would not imagine you would find a quiet, happy place away from all the Mayhem but after you finally find parking it is just that.¬† Filled with literally all kinds of people from tourists in jeans taking pictures pretty much the entire hike up and down to hard-core athletes running up and down the mountain with weight vests on, there are all kinds (I’ve actually thought about starting a website, could be funny).¬† I would say I fall somewhere in between.¬† There was a time in the recent past where I ran up and down Runyon (no weight vest, I’m not that¬†crazy!) in preparation¬†for my first trail-run half marathon, but I also enjoy a nice leisurely hike with my BFF Erin or ¬†taking the ‘rents up to the top when they come to visit!

What a cute, active family we are ūüôā¬† Anyway, my other favorite part of Runyon is the free Yoga offered daily.¬† Yes.. I said FREE!¬† Runyon has been called “a hippie spot” more than once. You will find a cart of food and ice-cold beverages at the bottom of Runyon with no attendee, just a sign that says “Everything $1.00” and a slot to put your money in. Yes, in the middle of Hollywood there is a place that runs on the honor system, shocking but also refreshing! The free yoga is another “Hippie” aspect of Runyon. Just true Yogis that enjoy spreading their practice with anyone and everyone.¬† A donation can be made, but all of these classes have been going strong¬†at Runyon for over 10 years and they are amazing!¬† I always go to Donna’s class, she has the best voice that is so soothing and she turned me into a full-blown Yogi! There are also the cutest little gophers that pop their head up in between your legs while you’re in downward facing dog. It makes me so happy to see little critters and feel the fresh air (well through the smog, lol) while doing yoga, makes me feel like I’m not living in a concrete jungle, even if it’s just for an hour!

Yes, he is adorable and yes that is a girl with a hoola-hoop in the background, told you this was a hippy place lol. Needless to say I’ve enjoyed making this place my little escape from LA mayhem for the last year and a half.

Bedlam Battle Week One

So excited for my first VLOG!!! As some of you already know I am a die-hard Oklahoma Sooner Football Fan, as well as a broadcast journalism major so put the two together and you get me, on camera, talking about the upcoming Sooner Football season which starts TOMORROW!!¬† I combined forces with a fellow Okie from the other side of the tracks, an Oklahoma State fan, to form a weekly segment for my blog called “Bedlam Battle”. Watch each week to find out whats going on in the world of college sports in the great state of Oklahoma!

Adventures in Food Truck-ing

Food and truck were not 2 words I believed belonged together. Ice cream and cookie dough, match made in heaven. Bread and cheese, meant to be grilled. Food: something that should be prepared in a kitchen and served on a table. Truck: something people should drive in Oklahoma and should NOT drive in LA! But a skeptic no more, today I am a food truck believer after attending Melrose Night in West Hollywood. The first Thursday of every month Melrose Ave hosts about a dozen of the most popular Los Angeles food trucks and makes skeptics such as myself into believers of the food truck revolution!

Because of my¬†previous food truck skepticism¬†I had¬†missed the memo on this amazing event that literally happens outside my front door. It’s like the fair, but only a few things are fried, the food is fancier and you don’t have to deal with a million screaming children (no offense to you parents out there, much respect, I just like to hear the sound the food makes when it hits my mouth!)¬†¬†The event runs from 6-10, but being the food obsessed person¬†I am, of course I planned my whole night around the event! I began at 6:30 so that I could see the trucks in all their glory in the light of day and long into the dark of night! There was¬†of course a plan of attack as well.

  1. Survey the area: basically just make a lap up and down each side of the street to see what we’re working with
  2. Observe the masses: while surveying the area be sure to take note of what you hear and what you see, basically the¬†“word on the streets”, which trucks are people talking about, which trucks have the longest lines, etc.
  3. No “Stranger Danger” here: Remember that from kindergarten, well it does not apply here. At many times I approached strangers, pried my little face in their paper basket of yumminess to see what was going on in there and¬†most people were more than happy to give me their reviews on the different food trucks which helped guide me to my next step. (I thought about asking people if I could take pictures of their food but even in LA that might have seemed a little strange to some individuals!)
  4. Get the party started: Ok folks, seriously, how long did you think I was going to walk around here without eating anything?? My first victim of delicious¬†devourment was a cheese steak Sammich from “the bun truck” (no jokes about my booty here!) This was a suggestion from a couple of those innocent strangers I bombarded in step 3.¬† Um amazing! The aioli on this Sammich was so scrumptious, along with the hot peppers, perfection!
  5. Plan your attack: so the first¬†lap has been made, surveying of menus, lines and innocent by standards has been conducted, the first bite of savory deliciousness has been consumed, it’s time to make a plan. As much as I would love to eat 3-4 items from each of the 12 trucks (each menu consists of app. 6 items) my belly will not allow so I have to narrow down the playing field and pick my top choices. That taco truck across the street looked interesting, let’s start there.¬†So 6 different kinds of tacos you say, lets see 6 √∑ 5 + 1….¬†wait 4 for $10, sold!¬† Asian Marinated Chicken, Fish N’Grapes, Blazin’ Shrimp and Java. Chicken and Fish topped the list at this stop!¬†After digging into these little guys it was time for something sweet! On to the Pie ‘N Burger truck. ¬† A little¬†slice of Dutch Apple in¬†my life sounds good right about now!¬†¬†¬†¬†So it may appear from this picture that I just stole this piece of pie from the pie fridge behind me but I swear I didn’t, I’m just very caught off guard by the paparazzi that keeps taking pictures of me eating food lol.¬†¬†¬†It is now time for your last step in the Adventures¬†of Food Truck-ing.¬†¬†¬†¬†
  6. Assess stomach room¬†availability and choose your last culinary victim. Will it be the red velvet pancake bites from the “Buttermilk” breakfast truck?¬† Could I possibly find room for an entire lobsta roll from “The Lobsta Truck”? Maybe my final quest will be to take on the Cheesecake Cuties with blueberry sauce from the “Cheeseball Wagon”? Oh no, this ice-cream loving, food truck-ing girl is heading for a true culinary quest. I have 6 words for you… brown-butter-candied-bacon-ice-cream, yes, that. just. happened.

I would like to take this time to thank my partner-in-crime during this incredible adventure, my bff Erin, for taking enough pictures of me eating food to last a life time and indulging in the delicious discovery that was Melrose Night!