It turned out that there were only about a cup of hips, so not really enough to make jelly, but simmered with water and sugar, they made a delicious syrup that we then ate over ice cream with her entire family. Even the kids loved it!
On the subject of gathering herbs, I wanted to create an herbal salve for my grandmother to use on her arthritic shoulders, as well as for my father to use on his cranky back (not to mention for using on our own cranky backs...)
I dug out my jars of wild crafted St. John's Wort and home grown Arnica flower infused olive oils, and then set to work making a ginger infused oil with fresh ginger, which sat in our crock pot on low for a couple of days to hasten the infusing process.
Rebbeckah & Nathan