I finally did it! I made biscuits that we like!! It has been quite a quest. I've tried many, many recipes over the last year, including the one from Better Homes and Garden, Alton Brown's, Paula Dean's, Farm Mom's, and even the one on the back of the bag of self-rising flour. I've had varying success, some were edible, some not. But none were what we were looking for. We were looking for light, flaky biscuits, like the Pillsbury Grands biscuits. What I was making were denser, like the ones you get at Cracker Barrel. Maybe that is how southern biscuits are?
Anyway, I find a recipe that said it made flaky biscuits, so I tried it this morning and it worked! Here is the recipe: http://blog.kitchenmage.com/2008/01/simple-flaky-bi.html
Now I can be a real farm mom and wife. One can't be a real farm women if they can't make good biscuits. I'm excited. I've mastered a whole wheat sandwich bread we all like and now biscuits. Look out world.